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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

☢ Radioactive Chat - Status Update - April 2012 ☢

Hi folks, I know I haven’t been posting much lately, due to a number of reasons. It’s not like I have been hindered from doing so, it’s got more to do with me. When we are dealing with the Fukushima Disaster in question, and like you know this have now gone on for over a year with little to no effort done by the powers in place to try and stop this. For me having to continually write about bad news all the time really takes a toll on the psyche.

Let’s face it, there’s no good news about the Fukushima disaster to write about!! I enjoy writing and blogging and I have been doing this for quite some time now, I can’t say I’m that good at it but it’s always been a thing I like to do. Along came the Fukushima Disaster and things turned ugly, and then even more ugly..

It would be great to be able to write about some good news from time to time, mixing things up a bit but that’s not the case here. When you have been doing this for a while, all the bad starts to wear you down. And you can feel it, in you’re heart. So that’s one of the main reasons I haven’t been able to just sit down and write lately. It gets a bit much. And I don’t like to write just to write something either, I want to put some effort into my posts and I feel that I rather go for quality over quantity.

But I have to take my hat of to the few of you who have the strength to write and blog about this every day, believe me it’s not an easy thing to do and I can’t imagine how some of you do it living in Japan, being so close to the disaster and witnessing the effects. But I guess that’s what gives some of you the strength to do what you do.

So yeah, my posts have been scares but it’s not like the blog is fading away or anything like that. My intention have been from the beginning to try and get the Radioactive Chat going and have the blog somewhat in the background for storing valuable information and informing people. I have about 200 of you give or take lurking around here daily so I know all the links and stuff like the Disaster Alert Map is put to good use. 

Now while I’m at it I’m going to tell you something I read about a while ago in the local newspaper about what’s going on in Germany. (Unfortunately I don’t have the paper now so I don’t have the exact numbers but you can confirm this with a simple google search) Like you already should know most of the Nuclear Power Plants in Japan have been shut down and if I’m not mistaken they only have 2 Nuclear Power Plants running at this time. And I also have not read a single line of news about “blackouts” or disturbances in Japan because of this “lack of power”. So the Fukushima disaster have had a huge effect on the Nuclear movement. Germany have said they will also leave Nuclear Power and this have sparked many debates over how it’s impossible for them to do that, other countries complaining they wont be able to sustain their energy needs if they can’t get energy etc..

Well let me tell you what have been done in Germany already by ordinary people, taking an hour of their time installing solar panels on their homes.. So yeah I know what you think, how much can solar energy help really. Can’t be much right?

Actually the average solar energy production in Germany today is equal that of 16 Nuclear Power Plants.. That’s sixteen Nuclear Power Plants!! But hang on the total solar energy production is much higher, that equals 25 Nuclear Power Plants!! And this is in a country that’s not considered that “warm and sunny” either.

I have no doubt that if every individual would take the time, 1 hour to buy and install solar panels we would not really need Nuclear Power anymore. If we also took time to make use of the wind and the sea we certainly would not need any Nuclear Power at all.

The warranty on a solar panel today is about 25 years, and it will produce power everyday. Put in a 200 or 400W solar panel and you get that every hour you have daylight. Put in enough solar panels and you’re electric meter will start to run backwards and the electric company will PAY YOU for the excess energy you produce!!

So there is some good news to write about for sure, but when it comes to Nuclear.. It’s all bad. Instead of Earth Hour with you turning off you’re lights, go buy some solar panels and have you’re lights on 24/7.

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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.