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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

☢ Japan Radiation Higher Than Reported - Coast To Coast AM Interview - Fukushima Fallout Widespread ☢

I normally don't listen to Coast To Coast AM but once in a while when there is something interesting I do listen. This interview is from the 29.9.2011 show and we get to hear the guests, Linda Moulton Howe and Mitch Battros. But also a inteview with Frank E. Daulton, Ph.D. Professor of Economics and Linguistics at Ryukoku University in Kyoto done by Linda Moulton Howe.

Frank have been making his own measurements and are getting 0.40 uSv/h in Kyoto. For comparison the avarage radiation that is left after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Europe is around the 0.10-15 uSv/h. Now these figures will go up and down and also depend on where in Europe measurements are done, however this will give you an idea of what the fallout from the Chernobyl disaster did.

Now the 0.40 uSv/h measurement at ground level in Kyoto that is located 500km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is about 4 times the radiation found in Europe. However one thing that Frank points out is that the 0.40 uSv/h is 10 times higher that what the Japanese government are reporting (0.03 uSv/h)

Why so low? Well the reason behind these low figures are because official measurements are done from up top tall government buildings. Some 20 meters from the ground in Kyoto, 30 meters in Osaka. This is around 90 feet.

This is a very big problem because this show that the Japanese government is not reporting the whole truth. Contaminated soil is all over Japan while the public is unaware of the dangers of the nuclear fallout. You might say that 0.40 uSv/h that's not so high.. Well the disaster is not under control yet and the Fukushima reactor units are continuing to contaminate the Japanese landscape and waters as we speak. This is not helped by the Japanese now burning radioactive waste all over the country spreading the radiation to the rest of the world. I'm affraid that radiation measurement readings will go up and up as time goes by. Not to talk about the Plutonium, Uranium, Strontium and Cesium released.

I read on enenews a very good comment that I think fits well here.

"The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually.

We are the frog. Tepco is the cook. Fukushima the kitchen.

Fukushima has enough radiation to be an apocalypse.
Radiation is not being properly surveyed to any extent.
The amount of radiation released has already began to impact humanity in multiple nations.
Radiation will be leaking constantly for months if not years on end.
The amount and dangers of oceanic contamination are truly unknown and frighteningly large in respects to china’s most recent surveying.
Japan has now abandoned the surveying of plutonium."

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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.