België – Belgique – Belgien
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! CAUTION ! simply comparing dose rates (in rad, rem, sievert or gray), as the mainstream media does, is deceptive: > ! Mere dose rates are NOT a dependable way to gauge dangers from fallout ! < See my Radiation Exposure Effects page for clues why that may be so. (And my Disclaimer page if I’m pissing you off with my view on this topic. -hehe)
- FANC, the ‘Federaal Agentschap voor Nucleaire Controle’(≈ “Federal Nuclear Control Agency”) is an excellent source of current radioactivity measurements in Belgium. You can ACCESS FANC either in Dutch (“Verdergaan in het NEDERLANDS“) or French (“Continuer en FRANCAIS“).
–> On the FANC website, you can then move the green box around and zoom in from national to province to the very detailed local level. Around nuclear sites like Mol, Tihange or Doel, you’ll see a whole series of monitors. click on the monitor and get the most recent instant µSv/hr measurements.
Most measurements of normal background radiation are at or below 0.1 µSv/hr (due to low altitude and soils), slightly higher in the higher and rockier south-eastern regions.
NOTE: A couple stations report in CPS (= Counts Per Second, which when multiplied by 60 gives CPM); In most case here, 100 CPM = 5 µSv/hr.
- For a comparison of the radiation networks of the United States versus Belgium, see my blogpost: http://allegedlyapparent.wordpress.com/2011/04/14/radiation-monitoring-network-belgium-vs-usa/ Summary: “Depending on how you gauge it, Belgium is 27 times, 52 times, or 530 times better equipped for radiation monitoring than the United States of America.”
- Additional Resources may be available at ‘Global‘.