Trans-Pacific Flight (Seattle-Tokyo), with radiation data (photos)

I AM IN  JAPAN !!!   :-D

YOKO TSUNO, one of many  awesome Belgian 'comic strips' I grew up wth.  Author Roger Leloup joined Herge's studio in 1953, where he assisted Herge in the drawing of Tintin's Adventures. He has also worked with Peyo (the creator of the Smurfs). "Yoko Tsuno" debuted in Spirou magazine in 1970.  Leloup was awarded the much-coveted Grand Prix de la Jeunesse Sci-Fi in 1990.

YOKO TSUNO, one of many awesome Belgian ‘comic strips’ that incorporate Japanese cultural elements that I grew up with. Author Roger Leloup joined Herge’s studio in 1953, where he assisted Herge in the drawing of Tintin’s Adventures. He has also worked with Peyo (the creator of the Smurfs). “Yoko Tsuno” debuted in Spirou magazine in 1970. Leloup was awarded the much-coveted Grand Prix de la Jeunesse Sci-Fi in 1990.

I’m lagging a bit behind on my blog.   It’s already been an awesome and interesting last 10 days in ‘The land of Yoko Tsuno’…  More coming soon!  —

The other week, Tuesday November 5, 2013, I continued my flight from Salt Lake City to Seattle, onward to Tokyo, Japan.

On board, I checked gamma radiation with my MedCom Inspector Alert Geiger Counter.  It showed the to-be-expected completely natural and not particularly dangerous exposure to high altitude ‘cosmic rays’ (from outer space, mainly super novae and such).

Starting in Seattle (SEA-TAC), about to take off.  For help with what “microsievert per hour” means, see my Radiation Units page.

Note:  Radiation fluctuates, so pictures are often just showing an example of either a value near the average, or one of the extremes (lower or higher end), or random.   More accurate measurements for an average often require more time.

Photo, below: Waiting for take-off in SEATTLE, WA (USA), as the airline talks about how awesome they are:  0.047 µSv/hr, a very normal (on the low end) of background radiation at sea level.   Although Seattle continues to get whiffs of radiation from Fukushima in sporadic rain-out events (such as this one for “Seattle Summer 2013“), it is one of the few areas in the US for which fallout deposition maps were released (see my May 2012 blogpost “Fallout Maps for the United States“).

... Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013 - All Rights Reserved.

Seattle-Tacoma Airport, United States, Nov 5, 2013:   Gamma radiation levels fluctuated around 0.050, between 0.035 and 0.125 µSv/hr, completely normal “background levels” (combination of soil, cosmic rays, and maybe a tiny barely mini-spike here and there from flying radioactive dust, the latter barely measureable; this is a value that is normal at sea level.  Japan’s sea level radiation levels used to be like this.  Even on relatively safe Iwaki’s coastline, they are more than double now.  More on that soon!.  —  Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013 – All Rights Reserved.

Higher up, doses can be measured that would be extremely worrisome if it was due to radioactive dust particles in the air.  But here it is just from distant sources, mainly cosmic rays from super-novae:

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At 32,004 feet altitude above the Pacific Ocean, relatively high radiation levels, such as this almost 2 microsievert per hour, are both normal and natural, and always have been.  Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013 – All Rights Reserved.

Flying over the North Pole, I’ve seen it as high as 6.0 µSv/hr.  This is NOT to be confused with doses from fallout!  !–> The whole “dose rate” concept is instrumental in the nuclear industry’s deception game.  Dose rates from radioactive fallout can be extremely low, yet thousands of times more health-hazardous in the long run than the much higher doses received at higher altitude.  To better understand this, please check out my newer blogpost, “The Dose Deception – Why 0.20 µSv/hr (from fallout) can be far more dangerous than 2.00 µSv/hr (from cosmic rays).The inverse square law for ionizing radiation illustrated.

PS:  Also, please read my DISCLAIMER.  I am an independent explorer of realities, not a certified expert, nor aligned with any supposed nuclear or government authority. (Perhaps that’s better, since many officials have been shown to be lying, but I’m just letting you know that I do not expect you to take my word without thinking for yourself.  I encourage critical open-minded self-study and I welcome corrections if you spot an error.)

For more on this difference between external and internalized sourced doses, see my attempt to put some info on this together (from 2011, needs updating and more): Radiation Exposure Effects page.  More about this coming soon!

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Approaching Tokyo, flying over the Fukushima Prefecture coast…  I come to Japan with the intention to also visit that region, however briefly.
Photo of Flight Monitor by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013.

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Radiation levels return back to sea-level normals, upon landing in Tokyo….

Welcomed warmly to Japan.  Signage is usually in Japanese, with the basics also in English.  Piece of cake to find your way.

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  • Off to Shinagawa in Tokyo, to catch a train heading south in the morning:

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On the subway train:

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An add for mushrooms, originating from two Prefectures north of Fukushima.  The specific area they come from lies in an area that received very little radioactive fallout.  Chances are they’re safe indeed.   Mushrooms, however, soak up radioactive Cesium-137, so it is extra-important that they are no longer being cultivated for food in contaminated areas.  In contaminated areas they can play a role in soil decontamination (not to be eaten), however.

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Tokyo subway: a gymnasts’s dream! ;-)
All photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

Shinagawa!  Train station to transfer to the train south in the morning!…

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Shinagawa, Tokyo JAPAN
Photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013

More coming soon!

[Last edited:  couple short edits on November 17, 2013]
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