Radioactivity – March 19 vs. May 1, 2011 – map comparison – Deutschland

The only specs on the map where radiation levels are adequately monitored are a few countries in Europe (Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Finland), with Germany having the most user-friendly online interface.  A comparison between a screenshot taken of its network measurements from March 19, just before Fukushima fallout reached Germany and today (May 1st), visually gives the impression that background radiation levels remain slightly elevated (about 0.04 µSv/h in some areas).  As far as dosage goes, this of course amounts to close to nothing, but given this slightly elevated background radiation is most not from distant sources (cosmic rays, etc.), but likely rather from radioactive gasses and particles that can be inhaled, prolonged exposure, even at such low dose, may have adverse health effects.  See the “Dose” Concept in the left column of the Low Level Radiation Campaign‘s website.

March 19, 2011 

May 1, 2011

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My impression from reading about this topic is that the nuclear industry (and its mouthpieces from the BBC to the Obama administration, Associated Press, etc.) are engaged in deception when they first fail to differentiate between radiation from distant sources versus from inhaled/digested sources, and then again especially when they reduce everything to generalized dose rates without a disclaimer to its de facto meaninglessness.   I think it would be more honest to admit that most people might very well remain unaffected until so late in life, that it will be close to impossible to point it out statistically, but that the dangers of low level radioactive fallout cannot be dismissed because of its delayed effects.  It is bound to affect tens of thousands of people inside and outside Japan this century and possibly well beyond.

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