Submitted by staff on Tue, 03/15/2011 - 7:09am
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Well the 13 of March, 2011; averaged 25 to 35 counts per minute all day.
The 14th of March, 2011; averaged 25 to sixty counts during the day and 25 to 35 counts during the night.
The winds across the Pacific are more active during the day so this is to be expected.
The alarm point is supposed to be 130 counts per minute. However that is almost four times our quiet background radiation. I would think when readings elevate to 90 to 100 counts would be of concern to take safety measures.
So far so good, however one of the reactors in Japan, if I remember correctly, #2 Fukishima had exposed rods and a secondary encasement breach. So in light of that there is some heavy radiation that has been released. People in the area say that one day there is now equal to a years radiation. So that means to be on the lookout for Radioactive Iodine, Tritium, Duterium, Strontium and Cesium. If the leak is bad enough even Uranium 235 and 238. I hope that this is not the MOX (metal oxide film) PlutoniumPlutonium, like most metals, has a bright silvery appearance at first, much
like nickel, but it oxidizes very quickly to a dull gray, although yellow and
olive green are also reported.
It is also a radioactive poison that accumulates in bone marrow. These and other
properties make the handling of plutonium dangerous.
reactor - that would be very grave indeed.
The following is radiation measurements, and I hope to soon have an exposure chart.
1 RAD = 0.01 J/kg of radiation
REM = Roentgen equivalent in man
Rem and millirem can be converted in a straightforward way to the SI unit, sievertThe sievert (symbol: Sv) is the SI derived unit of dose equivalent radiation. It attempts to quantitatively evaluate the biological effects of ionizing radiation as opposed to the physical aspects, which are characterised by the absorbed dose, measured in gray.
It is named after Rolf Sievert, a Swedish medical physicist renowned for work on radiation dosage measurement and research into the biological effects of radiation.
The unit gray measures absorbed radiation which is absorbed into any material. The unit sievert specifically measures absorbed radiation which is absorbed by a person. The equivalent dose to a person is found by multiplying the absorbed dose, in gray, by a weighting factor (w). The weighting factor (sometimes referred to as a quality factor) is determined by a combination of: the radiation type, the tissue absorbing the radiation, and other pertinent factors.
* 1 rem = 0.01 Sv = 10 mSv = 10000 µSv
* 1 millirem = 0.00001 Sv = 0.01 mSv = 10 µSv
* 1 Sv = 100 rem
* 1 mSv = 100 mrem = 0.1 rem
* 1 µSv = 0.1 mrem
50 mR/hr or 30,000 CPM
The Systeme Internationale has introduced as a rival unit the gray (Gy); 1 rad is equal to 10 milligray, and 100 rads are equal to 1 Gy.
1 joule = It is equal to the energy expended (or work done) in applying a force of one newton through a distance of one metre (1 newton metre or N·m), or in passing an electric current of one ampere through a resistance of one ohm for one second. About 1 watt.
CESIUM 137 EMITS GAMMA RAYS (STABLE ISOTOPE 133)
IODINE 125 AND 131 EMITS GAMMA RAYS (STABLE ISOTOPE 127 )
STRONTIUM 90 AND EMITS EMITS BETA RADIATION (STABLE ISOTOPES 84, 86, 87, 88)
TRITIUM 3 EMITS BETA RADIATION
Alpha radiation is a heavy, very short-range particle and is actually an ejected helium nucleus.
Beta radiation is a light, short-range particle and is actually an ejected electron.
Gamma radiation and x rays are highly penetrating electromagnetic radiation.
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