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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

☢ Tweets Radiation Sickness From People Around Japan Including Children ☢

I was reading the Fukushima Diary and I need to share this with you. I read Tweets from people around Japan. This is some of them, they are translated from Japanese to English so take that into account.

We get to hear from parents that have children that gets nosebleeds. But also hear how the radiation measurments in water are tampered with and made low "because we don’t want to frighten people" a female office worker for Tochigi prefecture’s water department have told this.

[Tweet of a Tokyo citizen]

To Mr. @KinositaKouta, I continue. “my husband who works in SHINJUKU has started to feel “numbness” on his left hand and foot since the end of June. When he stayed in SHIMANE for a week, the symptoms stopped. However the night when he returned to TOKYO, he said “it sounds like I am lying, my numbness begans again.” It is scary.

Attention! About three-tenth of the corn produced in Fukushima tested for cattle consumption, the highest Cesium 117Bq. However, for human consumption, nearly all are no detection. Busted for a low standard of food testing.
[Tweet of a Kanto citizen]

‎@KinositaKouta: I live in a hotspot in the Kanto area. My daughter came back from an overnight school trip and told me that three children had nosebleeds between this morning and noon. They walked for one hour each way from school to their accommodation, and played on a jungle gym and did walk exercises in the woods. I asked the school to stop it but my plea fell on deaf ears.

[Tweet of a Chiba citizen]

I’m in Kamagaya City, Chiba Prefecture. The soil from a place where water runs off tested at 3447bq/kg for cesium 134, and at 3881bq/kg for cesium 137, for a total of 7328bq/kg. The cesium 137 value multiplied by 65 works out to a radiation level of approximately 250,000bq/m2 (per square meter).

[Tweet of a Tochigi citizen]

I tweeted about this before, but a person I know who is a female office worker for Tochigi prefecture’s water department told me “because we don’t want to frighten people, we’ve been misrepresenting (radiation detection levels), the actual values are about 4 times the levels we’ve been reporting.RT @UTENA933 @KinositaKouta Tochigi prefecture Haga-gun ichi? (Shinoka/Maoka? market?) following the disaster, we’ve been putting out numbers below acceptable detection limits.

[Killer Sushi fish]

A male friend, after eating Sushi, started nose bleeding. We went to the hospital and he is not sick, it’s internal radiation exposure. It was also revealed in urine test. They were just telling it at the hospital. We are in metropolitan area.

[Children exposed]

To Mr. @KinositaKouta, hello. Ever since before Golden Week (Japanese holiday week in May), my 4 Y/O daughter was suddenly diagnosed asthma, and looked always sick. My 1 y/o small one had a bloody nose. I just wanted to escape to Western Japan. During summer vacation in SHIMANE, all their symptoms were stopped like a miracle since the second day there. We spend 3 weeks in SHIMANE. Since then even in TOKYO, she has not coughed even once.

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Geiger Counters - Radiation Detection Meters - Handheld Radiation Detector

When it comes to radiation detection meters you really have a wide field of gadgets to choose from, however radiation detectors are the most common to use. First of all if you need to know what type of radiation you are looking for. There are Alpha, Beta and Gamma radiation detectors. And also there is neutron emission of nuclear radiation. And all these different types of emissions have radiation detectors for a specific type of radiation that you can buy radiation detector for. Some also measure both Alpha and Beta. Others detect Alpha, Beta and Gamma. While others let you measure Beta and Gamma radiation.

What most people have use for though are Dosimeters you can buy a handheld radiation detector pretty cheap that are good addition to a survival kit. There are different kinds that you can use that will detect radiation. There are radiation badges that will tell you when radiation become high. Workers at nuclear power plants use these to inform them of how much radiation they have been exposed to. Now also children in the Fukushima prefecture have each been given a radiation badge so they know if they are exposed to radiation. Some come in the shape of a pen that you can carry in your pocket while other are made more compact so that you can attach them to your keychain. And then you have what is called a personal radiation monitor. These are also called Dosimeters and also normally called Geiger counters. Although not all use the Geiger-Muller Tube for the radiation detection some use a semiconductor instead. These and mostly the older geiger counters seen are pretty big to carry around, so they might not be best suited for a survival situation where you only need to carry the most important things. However if you have land and want to check radiation around the property and drinking water then these are the geiger counters to get because they are very well built units.

These are the once that you normally see people use. They have different units of radiation detection, because when it comes to radiation there are many standards used. some give the measurements in Rads, while other use Sieverts. Some have the maximum radiation value for the measured radioactivity quite low but they will still give you an idea of the amount of radiation in the area. With the units ranging from between background radiation 0.001 mSv/hr all the way up to 10 Sv/h. Normally a dosimeter will measure radiation in micro siverts per hour. If you were to walk into one of the reactor units at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant you probably would get an error reading from your dosimeter because the radiation levels are so high there.

Note that some places outside the exclusion zone in Fukushima that are too radioactive for people to live in have areas where the radiation levels are above 30 Sv/h. So if you are in a area that have high radiation the radiation detectors would also there go off the scale. However Geiger counters or radiation detectors are still favored as general purpose alpha/beta/gamma portable radiation detectors and radiation detection equipment, due to their low cost and robustness. Most come with an LCD Display that show you the radioactivity in the area. Nowdays you will even get alarm sound and the possibility to connect the device to a computer. Either with a Infrared, Bluetooth or USB connection.

So if you look at the radiation detectors for sale that have this, then these radiation detection meters will allow you to make maps of contaminated areas that show where the radiation is high and low. This also will help you to see which areas are becoming more contaminated over time. With several nuclear reactors in the US and around the world located near fault zones that makes it a danger if a big earthquake would hit the area there is always a good choice to have a radiation dosimeter avaliable. I'm sure many in Fukushima would have been grateful to have dosimeters avaliable at the time of the disaster and I am sure you to would be grateful to have a geiger counter handy when you need one.