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Monday, February 18, 2013

☢ Fukushima Dodged Meteorite by 4min ☢

Hi folks

So these past days there's been a lot of speculation as to what really happened with the Russian Meteorite that wrecked havoc Friday 15 Feb, 201 in Chelyabinsk and the events that took place and how little we are in the universe. Some people have even pointed out that because this event is not really that unique, that we get hit with space rocks all the time only this time it was bigger. With a size and mass of 17 meters and 10.000 tons even if this is a pretty small rock in space terms events like this have now become a real treat. Not only to people and infrastructure but to Nuclear Power Plants too.. Reports say no radiation was found at the crater and its energy release in the atmosphere was equivalent to nearly 500 kilotons.

So this got me thinking, what was the trajectory of this meteorite, I had to look a bit before I could find anything. Turned out it's found on the wiki. But that's only a little map of the thing. I wanted to know exactly where could this meteoroid have hit earth. So I aligned up the path of the meteorite in google earth and extended the line.. My jaw almost dropped because this thing went smack in the middle of FUKUSHIMA JAPAN

But that's not all, because of the rotating nature of our planet, it's equatorial speed of 465.1 m/s, 1,674.4 kilometers per hour (1,040.4 mph) × cos (28.59) = 1,470.23 kilometers per hour (913.56 mph). NASA estimates the meteorites velocity at 17.9 km/s means that if this meteorite would have entered our earth's atmosphere only 4 minutes earlier (3 min 58 sec to be exact) the impact could have been over Japan, Fukushima instead. It's still a long shot because of the many variables to take into consideration but still, this is pretty intense. And the treat is there.

I know there have been talks about space weapons in use, I'm not sure about that but if so must have been a bad aim..

Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of Russia, confirmed a meteor had struck Russia and said it proves the “entire planet” is vulnerable to meteors and a spaceguard system is needed to protect the planet from similar events in the future.

One thing is for sure though, the dinosaurs probably went extinct because of a impact much bigger than this or from a series of events leading to mass extinction and very few of them survived the change in climate and loss of biodiversity. However what would have happened if we put radiation contamination into the mix? What if there had been 100s of Nuclear Power Plants spewing radiation all over with radioactive fallout collecting in the air and on ground in the years following a major disaster. How much life would have survived that you think?

That's where we are today. We need to get rid of Nuclear because it's going to end us all.

I however would like to give a bit of hope though because even if there are still problems to solve, people are starting to think outside the box. Right or wrong, trying to come up with a solution that will make nuclear obsolete.

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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.