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Thursday, November 24, 2011

☢ French Nuclear Waste Train Leaves For Germany Police Battling Hundreds of Anti-Nuclear Protesters ☢

It was a miniature D-Day for Anti-Nuclear protesters battling against riot police on Wednesday at Normandy.

Protesters stand by a burning barricade near Lieusant, Normandy, Wednesday, Nov.23, 2011. AP photo

And the reason behind the protests?
A train carrying treated nuclear waste from France back to Germany left nuclear giant Areva's rail yard in northwestern France on Wednesday despite fierce protests. Riot police battled hundreds of anti-nuclear protesters who delayed the departure of the train, the last returning waste to Germany, which has said it will abandon nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
There have been a growing anti-nuclear movement ever since the Fukushima disaster in Europe and with Germany announcing they will shut down their nuclear reactors by 2022 now also French politics are suggesting the same. France have the largest number of nuclear reactors in the eurozone with 54 nuclear reactors. On the table is that 24 of the 58 nuclear reactors would be shut down before 2025.

With the situation not getting any better at the Fukushima plant, with the twitters from TEPCO workers are now showing that there is not much they can do to the damaged reactors anymore. They can't even enter the reactor building number 3 and do anything to the reactor unit that blew up back in March 2011 because of the radiation that is to high for humans. The workers there are at the damaged plant now only maintain the pumps and electricity to the plant with no plan to actually get the situation under control. In the wake of Chernobyl and Fukushima along with many small nuclear disasters over the years politics and people are more and more starting to wake up to the fact that nuclear power is not under human control. And when things goes wrong the possibility for rendering whole countries useless for living are frightening. Protests are growing not only in Japan but also all over the world. All along the nuclear supporters claim that there are no other choice that we need nuclear power to sustain our living. However looking at Germany and how they have over the years helped with investments to residents in form of solar panels and alternative energy sources the fact of the matter is that most houses fitted with solar panels in Germany are almost self sustaining in their energy demands. It seems that Germany really do have a plan to really get away from nuclear energy without any of the downsides of nuclear power. I just hope the media would actually bring forth the plan Germany have instead of spreading the lies about Germany digging their own grave and causing more CO2 emissions when they abandon nuclear power. Last I checked solar panels don't spew out CO2.

Video showing riot police battling protesters can be viewed below.

French police have battled anti-nuclear protesters as the last train carrying German nuclear waste treated in France set off on its journey home.

A mobile police canteen was set on fire by demonstrators on Wednesday and at least three people were hurt, two protesters and a riot officer.

You can read the small original story at Hürriyet Daily News

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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.