Because this discovery of mine, already shared in my Dec. 31, 2014 blogpost, Zaporizhia / Zaporozhye NPP Update: Russian Mainstream Media begins to wonder too, got “a bit buried” under all kinds of other findings, I’m repeating it here in this separate blogpost:
I’m seeing the mistranslation spreading from RT, completely unquestioned, to pretty much everywhere. The error, as I’ll point out below, must have had its origin in a difference between Ukrainian and Russian, as well as the use of online translators that don’t notice such things.
Intro if new to this issue: This blogpost is part of my month-long intensive investigation of what may actually have happened at the ZNPP plant in the Eastern Ukraine, starting with an alleged “electrical circuit issue” at the end of Nov. 2014 at ZNPP’s unit 3, an issue which popped back up, almost identically, at ZNPP’s unit 6 precisely a month later.
!–> For background, start with my Dec. 15, 2014 overview @ Was there a causal link between the Nov 28 2014 Accident at the Zaporizhye Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine and recent Radiation Spikes in Latvia and Romania?
The “leaked” documents about the Dec 28-29 incident at ZNPP, just like the “hacked” documents about the Nov. 28 incident at ZNPP (See my blogpost about that HERE), mention radiation in these units: мкЗв/год. which is what got misinterpreted by professional journalists and bloggers all around. (Details below!) The documents in question have already been included in previous blogposts: here and here.
Why 5.05 мкЗв/год. (to take the Dec. 29, 2014 document example) does NOT translate to 5.05 mSv/year, nor 0.00505 mSv/year (as RT erroneously wrote and has yet to correct.) is explained next:
I discovered a major glitch in translations, including in part due to Google Translator, of the order of confusing one with a thousand and a year with an hour.
What got me started is this: it’s absolutely bizarre to report on an acute situation, an emergency even perhaps, in “per year” units. (“And then what? Divide by 365 and again by 24 to get an idea of the hourly dose rate? Who does that?”) And what makes it double strange is that IF you take the “per year” as correct and calculate the ‘per hour’ dose rate, there’s no way it could be above any limit, ’cause it would be far below even the normal local background radiation. I can pat myself on the back, I figured it out… Check it out!:
First the raw text, which the Russian LifeNews (http://lifenews.ru/news/147890) quoted from the ‘leaked documents’ (Google Translation below that):
- For 12.28.2014: На 6 утра 28 декабря на Запорожской АЭС в работе пять энергоблоков (1,2,3,4,5)… Общая мощность 4278 МВт, радиационный фон АЭС — 4,90 мкЗв/год., СВЯП — 4,76 мкЗв/год. — в 16,3 раза превышает допустимую норму, — сказано в сводке.
- For 12.29.2014: На 6 утра 29 декабря на Запорожской АЭС в работе пять энергоблоков (1,2,3,4,5)… В 6 утра 28 декабря шестой энергоблок отключен от единой энергосистемы… Общая мощность 4278 МВт, радиационный фон АЭС — 5,05 мкЗв/год., СВЯП — 4,91 мкЗв/год. — превышение в 16,8 раза, — сообщила ГСЧС Украины.
Google Translator detects ‘Russian’ and makes this of it: “For 12.28.2014: At 6 am on December 28 at the Zaporozhye NPP operates five units (1,2,3,4,5) … The total capacity of 4278 MW nuclear power plant radiation background – 4.90 mSv / year., SVYAP – 4 76 mSv / year. – 16.3 times higher than the acceptable norm – said in a bulletin. For 12.29.2014: At 6 am on December 29 at the Zaporizhzhya NPP in five units (1,2,3,4,5) … At 6 am on December 28 sixth unit is disconnected from the unified energy system … The total capacity of 4278 MW nuclear power plant radiation background – 5.05 mSv / year., SVYAP – 4.91 mSv / year. – Exceeding 16.8 times – said GSCHS Ukraine.”
Some notes from examining the details:
mSv/year is the scientific abbreviation for milliSievert per year. See my Radiation Units and Conversions for more on Sievert, Roentgen, etc.
1 mSv = 1000 µSv (milli is 1000 times greater than micro) 1µSv = 0.001mSv
Now get this: Google Translator examples showing differences between Russian and Ukrainian, revealing important differences:
- 5,05 мкЗв/год. Russian–>English = 5.05 mSv / year.
- However, add one space: 5,05 мк Зв/год. Russian-> English = 5.05 microns Sv / year.
- Also: Just “мк” Russian-> English = u , while just “мк” Ukrainian->English = mk
- “u” is sometimes used instead of “µ” to indicate “micro”, which “mk” sounds like (more so than “milli”, for sure.
–> So, that indicates to me that this “mSv” is not actually meaning milliSievert, as TheAntiMedia reported in their “rough translation”, but actually in microSievert!
RT did get that one. They wrote it in mSv, but correctly as they divided the shown number by 1000: 0.00505 mSv/year.
!!!–> But they didn’t spot the other one… ‘Cause… I mean… Seriously? “5.05 microSievert PER YEAR“?
(It gets better: continued below this excerpt screenshot!)
So RT reported “5.05 microSievert PER YEAR”, like what was reported very well might be correct (as in: the documents may be legit! and such values make sense). I guess they don’t know much about doses… Who reports on ‘the dose rate’ of a local acute radiological situation in terms of ‘per year’ anyhow??? What they reported breaks down to less than 0.0006 µSv/hr, less than the sensitivity of many Geiger Counters. It would make the place practically devoid of radiation! That’s ridiculous. (And then RT goes on to make some comparisons… easily debunked with my my Dose Deception blogpost. But that’s not the issue.)
So I eventually “broke the code” of the 2nd part of this puzzle: the “per year” part, has an incredible clue: a point. a point, !–> . <–!,
!!!–> as in ‘abbreviated’, as in “/год.“, not “/год” Yeah… Who knew what Ukrainians can do in an abbreviated hour, takes the Russians a whole year?! [Just kidding! ;-) ] Check it out: Two screenshots combined: the top one showing the Russian translation of a couple English words, the one below showing those exact same words translated to Ukrainian, colored scribbles added by me:
Get it? The Ukrainian word for “hour”, годину, abbreviates to год. , which looks precisely like the Russian word for “year”, год (without the abbreviation point). Hence RT’s and everybody else’s mistranslation. If I’m not mistaken, I’m the only, or first, to point that out (an Allegedly Apparent Blog EXCLUSIVE ;-) ):
SO: 5,05 мк Зв/год.
is NOT 5.05 mSv/year, nor 0.00505 mSv/year, but = 5.05 µSv/hr !!!
And yes, 5.05 divided by 16.8 = 0.3 µSv/hr, which is a logical maximum level for that altitude. ZPNN lies at only 50 m above sea level.
5.05 µSv/hr !
If I may refresh your memory to help you put “5.05 µSv/hr” in context:
- Japan Times (quoted in my Dec. 29 2014 blogpost, Medcom Geiger Counter Measurements in Southern Colorado – Dec. 2014 Notes.): “Radiation levels in central Tokyo were as high as 0.809 microsieverts per hour on March 15, 2011″
- On June 9, 2011, almost 3 months after the Fukushima-Daiichi’s multiple meltdowns, Illate Village, some 40 km for F1 measured 2.91 µSv/hr, which corresponded with a ground contamination of 3,7oo,ooo Bq/m^2 Cs-137. These findings were part of what resulted in the mandatory evacuation zone getting expanded outside the neat 20 km circle to better correspond with the highest contamination levels.
IF (Even now on Jan. 4, 2015, this still all remains ‘a big if…’, but IF…) IF this is true… that in the vicinity of the ZNPP, radiation was measured at over 5 µSv/hr… THEN we very well might have yet another massive nuclear disaster on our hands. And a global cover-up of epic proportions…
Only onsite independent field investigations (radioisotope analysis of soil, filter and air samples) can bring clarity to this issue, I think. The sooner the better.
Please note: I am NOT claiming that there was a major nuclear accident, I’m merely asking questions, pointing out inconsistencies and sharing things I found that have given me very serious doubts about the official story that there wasn’t. For an overview, see Was there a causal link between the Nov 28 2014 Accident at the Zaporizhye Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine and recent Radiation Spikes in Latvia and Romania?.
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[Last updated/edited: Jan 4, 2015 4:44 pm]