It’s just past midnight in Northern Utah, snowing lightly outside, and I’m going to try to find out two things for you:
– What is the radioactivity right at and around the Fukachima Daiichi plant, in and right outside the evacuation zone, and
– what about the measured radioactivity right off the coast there? Okay ready… go…
I go to my own page for Japan: JPN
I scroll down to MEXT, the first on the list for a reason, where I click on
‘Reading of environmental radioactivity level – (English version)’.
There I get these choices:
– Monitoring Plan in the Area
– Reading of environmental radioactivity level by prefecture
– Readings at Monitoring Post out of 20 Km Zone of Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP
– Reading of radioactivity level in drinking water and fallout by prefecture
– Readings of dust sampling
I choose by Perfecture, so I can choose the perfecture ‘Fukuchima’…
hmmm… not what I wanted… Interesting to see the readings in µSv/h (microSievert/hour) from all over Japan, though, and that both Hiroshima and Nagasaki report @ 0.027～0.069 µSv/hr, less than in most places here in the Rocky Mountains. Elevation…
So I choose the 3rd option: by “at Monitoring Post out of 20 Km Zone of Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP” Okay…so average measurements just outside the 20 km zone, taken all day March 23, between 9:40 am and 6:00 pm (local time)… The highest for this period, at post 33 (measured by police) showed 103 µSv/hr, about 30 km Northwest of the Fukachima Daiichi disaster site. That’s high for 30 km (just under 20 miles) away. I mean, that’s a freak’n, like, um… 1,500 times normal for coastal Japan. On the RadNets in the US (see USA), that would give readings of between 10,000 and 11,000 CPM.
Okay, so 19.5µSv/hr readings max, but that’s SouthWest, not downwind I take… and it was raining. Anyhow, I want closer to the plant… See if SPEEDI (a few dots down on my JPN page) can get me data from any closer… Aptly named SPEEDI takes its time to load… While that’s loading, see if the TargetMap gets me anything different… nopp… The data I’m looking (the 4th, Fukachima” is “under servey” – I’ll Click on it anyway… see what comes up…. A table with locations, all “under servey”. Well… okay, SPEEDI is up, no Fukuchima data, but…
So… in Horiguchi Hitachinaka City, in the Ibaraki Perfecture, just South of Fukachima (and not downwind, as the wind was blowing to sea), they had readings of 874 nGy/h the last couple hours… What the hell is nanoGray again? I go to my Radiation Units page, oh yeah… That’s the one I had to correct a couple days ago. 1 nGy/hr ≈ 0.001 µSv/hr Okay… 0.87 µSv/hr, so, about 10-20 times above normal. Okay, not so alarming, that…
Let’s see if the Swiss at NAZ came up with anything for Fukachima… Nope, same data.
What about mention in media reports… Checked out the nice interactive from AP. So handy. They’re adding all kinds of new educational stuff. Looks like the nuclear industry is going into full-on propaganda mode. Ooooh… Bastards! mixing per hour and per year on the same axis with a visual comparison… Grrrrrr:
You see that?! They graphically make “the highest reading” of 47.27 mrem/hr look the most insignificant (visually), although if you REALLY want to compare that to year-exposures, when sustained, that’s 414,085 mrem/yr, that’s a whopping 4,140,850 µSv/yr, alright! Okay in one year… but compare that to the 400,000 mrem that would kill you (after awful radiation sickness).
And how does 1,193 mrem PER HOUR really compare to those “1-time shot” deals like a CT-scan, or natural accumulation over a normal year? Well (1193 x24 x365 =)… 10,450,680 mrem/yr, or if you want that is microSievert… 1 mrem = 10 µSv; so: 104,506,800 µSv/yr. As in “dead twice”.
They’re trying to make a VERY serious radiation risk situation look like it’s no biggie. Move along. Nothing happening here. Unbelievable. By the way, that 1,193 mrem/hr = 11,930 µSv/hr, on March 15, the “highest reading” You’d have radiation sickness within days. But why not update your graph to the actual highest reading? Even yesterday (wedn. 3/23), an agency spokesman said “500 millisieverts per hour of radiation was measured at the No.2 unit on Wednesday”. Did I read that right, MILLI-Sieverts? That’s, um… 500,000 µSv/hr, on March 23… PER HOUR. Hellooo? That’s a lethal dose that day. That’s why they pulled workers back out then. What’s that per year, AP, care to put that on your graph for perspective?
To be fair, AP, if you report:
“living outside a nuclear power plant: 3,600 µSv/yr“ on your graph, why not:
“Living at Daiichi N2: 438,000,000 µSv/yr“
(“If the “stabilized / improving” situation continues, that is”).
Is reporting “Radiation Levels at Daiichi No 2 Would Kill Anyone in Less than a Week!” a bit too much REALITY to handle?
Twisted deceptive “educational” reporting… But they’re not lying, nope – they’re not, just doing tricks with flipping radiation measurements around, using micro here, millie there, per hour here, per year there.
Sea water contamination will have to be another time. Good Night – and… good luck.