With all the radiation spewing out of the Fukishima Nuclear Powerplant it is important for everybody to be aware of the current levels of radiation where you live, and if your planning on travelling. It is also good to know whether any radiation is predicted to be heading your way. In this blog post I will be compiling a list of resources, and tools for radiation monitoring as well as information about them.
Online Radiation Monitoring
The Radiation Network is a private radiation monitoring network. Set up by Mineralab. An Arizona Company that sells Geiger Counters. They take real-time data from people who keep there counters on. The maps are update constantly with fresh data by the minute. They have maps for most of North America (as shown above). As well as maps for Japan, Alaska, Hawaii, and Europe.
Black Cat Systems also has an online radiation monitoring resource. They currently have network coverage of parts of Japan, America, Europe, and the Middle East. They have also come out with an Iphone app and recently an Android app which you can use to view their network from your smartphone. Along with the map, their is also some good information about radiation and radiation monitoring. If you got to the Black Cat Systems homepage you can see a list of radiation monitoring products along with a range of other products which they have to offer.
If you live in the U.S and you trust the government, you can view a RadMap by the EPA here.
If you live in Nevada or Utah or any states downwind the Community Environment Monitoring Program has environmental monitoring stations throughout your states.
Here is a live stream of Geiger counters monitoring radiation in Los Angeles.
Finland radiation monitoring:
Dutch radiation monitoring:
Radiation Forecasting links:
Nuclear & Atomic Energy Information
The Japanese Atomic Industrial Forum gives general information about atomic energy as well as updates on the situation at Fukishima.
The IRSN is a French institute which post news and in depth publications on their website regarding nuclear safety. Their website is available in English and in French. Here is the English version.
At the website virtual nuclear tourist website their is a hole wealth of information on nuclear power-plants from around the world. There is over 300 pages of information and 700 graphics and pictures. They have a new page up about Fukishima which goes over its design flaws and the risks of radiation exposure. If you want to know more about nuclear energy this is a good place to start.
At the website for the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and technology their is a section of their website regarding nuclear safety. This website is in Japanese and needs to be translated in order to be read in English.
NISA, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency provides daily updates on the situation in Fukishima and any other situations which regard nuclear safety. The website has a few PDF’s concerning nuclear safety and their are also a few resources under the resource section which relate to nuclear energy regulation and legislation in Japan.
RADstickers: RADstickers are small postage stamp sized stickers which you can carry on you to determine the level of nuclear radiation around you in the event of an emergency. Anything that detects radiation is in high demand right now. You can find these on ebay but they are in short supply.