29 March 2011

EnviroReporter.com’s Radiation Station

Live Broadcast by Ustream.TV
Please note that comments may not appear immediately. Click here to see running list of averages.
We created this page with the clear intention of informing you of vital information which we explain here and in related posts. Due to the high volume of visitors, most of whom have very valid and urgent questions, we are unable to answer each question.
We have posted a Radiation Station FAQ page. Check it out and also read through the hundreds comments to see if your question has been answered.
Above is a live shot of a RadAlert Inspector Nuclear Radiation Monitor in EnviroReporter.com‘s Santa Monica office on the West Los Angeles border. Elevation 140 feet. The unit is approximately one meter off of the ground in a wood-floored structure built over crawlspace with soil foundation. Next to the Inspector is a LaCrosse digital weather station with Atomic Clock featuring Weather Girl.
We also do exterior averaging with the alpha/beta/gamma-detecting Inspector. As of this writing update, March 23 at 9:40 am, we have detected no radiation from fallout on plants, foliage and other objects outside.
Frequent interior and exterior readings will continue as well detections of outside plants and other objects.
The Inspector picks up ionizing radiation and, in the setting you are seeing, is measuring in Counts Per Minute or CPM. As noted iun the comments of our earlier post “Radiation Station,” we have been taking ten minute averages to hone in on more accurate readings of the gamma radiation that this detector is picking.
These readings, which will continue after this copy in a highlighted box, are designed to make sure we have an accurate baseline background radiation measurement so any possible increases in radiation due to the horrific multiple meltdown threats emanating from Japan can be discerned.
A range of normal background radiation has been determined to be between 40 to 46 CPM. These measurements are similar to background measurements taken in this location over a long period of time.
Should radiation measured by the Inspector begin to rise to double background, we will be concerned. If the measurements go to triple background and above for a sustained period of time in the next few days, we might deduce that this may be coming from the Japan nuclear disaster.
Most importantly, this live stream gives you the information you want: how “hot” is it in the Los Angeles Basin. You can find out more why we set up the Radiation Station by checking out our post “Melt Down Wind.”
U.S. EPA RadNet Map View – EPA’s RadNet radiation air monitors across the U.S. show typical fluctuations in background radiation levels.
U.S. EPA’s “Japanese Nuclear Emergency: Radiation Monitoring” – National monitoring with individual links for Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington [WEBSITE PROBLEMS]

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