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Monday, May 26, 2014

☢ [Video] The Animals of Chernobyl - The Lasting Effects of Fallout ☢

This is a short video showing the lasting effects of radiation on biological systems in Chernobyl called The Animals of Chernobyl, and now also showing how the same effects now can be seen in Fukushima after the Fukushima Disaster.

The Animals of Chernobyl - Mutated Apple
Mutated Apple in Chernobyl
In 1986 an explosion and fire at the nuclear reactor at what was then the Soviet union in Chernobyl Ukraine, launched an plume of radioactive fallout that rendered a large swath of the region here uninhabitable.

Since then the creation of a 1000 square mile exclusion zone prohibiting human activity has led some to declare the area an restored eden, brimming with wild life.

But for more than an decade Timothy A. Mousseau an American scientist has conducted an extensive biological survey here, and his studies have shown that life has been far more slow to recover than previously believed.

Timothy A. Mousseau, PH.D.
The Animals of Chernobyl - Mutated Birds Tumours
Mutated Birds with Tumours Chernobyl
It is a perfect area for biological studies because we see a lot of diversity of plants and animals, it is one of the hotter areas in the Chernobyl zone and so from our previous working now this level of chronic exposure is above that what most species will tolerate.

This year we have been looking at these small rodents, we have been looking at spiders.

Earlier this year we were here working with the birds, we find that the abundance of many species of birds are depressed in these areas of high contamination, leading to an overall decrease in the biodiversity on the order of 50 percent fewer species in hot areas than there should be if there wasn't radioactivity in the area.

The Animals of Chernobyl - Tree Rings Radiation Fallout
Tree Rings Show Radiation Fallout Chernobyl
Timothy A. Mousseau says he have seen much higher frequency of tumours and physical abnormalities, like deformed beaks among birds compared with those from uncontaminated areas.

The Animals of Chernobyl - Deformed Spider Web Fallout Radiation
Deformed Spider Webs Show Fallout Radiation Chernobyl

The Animals of Chernobyl - Deformed Spider Webs Fukushima Fallout Radiation
Deformed Spider Webs Show Fukushima Fallout Radiation
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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.