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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

☢ Radiation Madness - Animals Go Mad When Exposed To Huge Amounts of Radiation ☢

I have been making some posts about radiation sickness going around in Japan. But I really don't hear much about another form of sickness caused by radiation, namely radiation madness. Is that a new word? Radiation Madness? Anyhow when I first heard Yoichi Shimatsu talk about this months ago. And radiation biologist Natalia Manzurova talks about this happening in Chernobyl. Animals in the area started attacking people.

You can listen to Yoichi Shimatsu talking about this, mutant dogs, raccoons and so on. Godzilla anyone? You skip to 16 min in to the audio if your not interested in the rest that they talk about.
☢ MP3 Fukushima Report with Jeff Rense and Yoichi Shimatsu 28 Nov 2011 ☢

I didn't really think to much about it at the time. Because the whole concept of animals going insane like that and attacking people just seem so out there.. Zombie movies comes to mind.. Speaking of Zombie movies, one such movie I like, is called Zombieland from 2009. It's a more "fun" take on Zombies and I recommend anyone that like Zombie movies to go and watch. Don't forget to "double tap" it might save your life. "One bullet more in the head will go a long way to ensuring your survival".

Anyhow I don't think that the situation would go out of control like that in Fukushima, I would be more concerned about the tons of radioactive water that are daily dumped into the ocean and what that does to sea life. Do you think Sharks are bad? Well I would not want to meet a radioactive one when going for a swim. There have been the first Shark attack ever reported in their history now on the Russian coast.

But I don't think that, oh just out of the blue here.. You would find a radioactive monkey attacking you in your car.

I guess there is a cartoon for everything, Simpsons did it.. Joking aside, what if people that are exposed to radiation but not to the same amounts do start behaving more erratic and mean? If a high dose of radiation leads to madness in animals, does that mean a smaller dose drives you to do things that are out of character?

There have been a huge increase in divorces in the Fukushima area, not saying this have anything to do with behavior caused by radiation. The whole situation is very difficult for most families. People have lost everything, and still paying mortgages on houses and property that are deemed uninhabitable.

The questions are still there, just yesterday a local Japan official was found dead in his car with a shotgun blast to the chest. He lectured against nuclear power after Fukushima, so that case he would be considered a target for pro nuclear people. But police say it was suicide or a "gun accident" But a shotgun blast? Close range? Isn't that a bit over the top?

And again how did he manage to do that sitting in his car? Long barrel shotgun.. Seems a bit tricky. Impossible even. A shoot to the chest don't kill you in an instance, if you completely stop blood from flowing to your brain then you are still conscious for another 10-20 sec. Don't ask how I know this.. Well I'm thinking, could it be that peoples emotions are starting to get affected by the radiation. Small things start to get blown out of proportion and people are acting out in different ways.

Well time will tell, in the mean time I'll keep my eyes on this. And if you have not yet read my other posts about radiation sickness here is the one I wrote yesterday. There you can watch the video lecture from radiation biologist Natalia Manzurova, she tells of her experience as a Chernobyl 'clean up liquidator'. Natalia Manzurova talks about how animals started attacking people in the Chernobyl area after the disaster also.

I know that video should be in this post dealing with radiation madness, but since I already posted the video and it does have to do with radiation sickness you can go there and watch it.

From now on though, I'll try and keep radiation sickness and radiation madness in separate posts. And if you see something big coming out of the waters.. RUN!

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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.