BY MARI SAITO AND ANTONI SLODKOWSKI
SUBHEAD: We had a brief but significant spike in radiation today that was over 30 times normal background level.
Image above: Spiral roller coaster ride at Busch Gardens in Florida, From (http://www.sochealth.co.uk/2013/05/25/avoiding-the-rollercoaster-a-policy-for-dementia-must-be-responsible/).
In early November I bought a Radex RD1212 radiation monitor from Amazon. The Radex is Russian made with an English menu. It’s simple ans seems to work fine. One feature of the unit is that it keeps a record of the time and strength of radiation it senses.
I used it daily at first to get an idea of what was normal here on Kauai. The unit measures in micro-sieiverts per hour. That’s a millionths of a sievert. As a reference;
- A person can safely be exposed to 3,650 micro-sieiverts in a year or .4 micro-sieiverts/hour.
- A radiation worker in the US is limited to a dose of 50,000 micro-sieiverts in a year.
- A person who absorbs 100,000 micro-sieiverts in a year is considered to have a clear increased cancer risk.
- A person absorbing 2,000,000 micro-sieiverts will suffer severe radiation poisoning that could lead to death.
So this is the warning of what is to come when they ‘locate’ the cores… you would think they could do this from Space no?
Additionally, TEPCO are now allowing workers to stay in the no go zone, to expedite their work vs travel. They purport that they will only be allowed to stay in areas over night that are less than 20 Sv per year dose (where people are allowed in for a few hours to check their pets and houses)
Sadly, with the Steaming of Unit #3, the fate of the Planet and Pacific still hangs by a thread. They can’t get near it, and we assume that there may be a new meltdown of the spent fuel…
Epidemiologist Dr. Steve Wing discusses the human impacts of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima based on his experience visiting the area.