I wrote the following article which is:
Radiation Sickness sets in at 1,000 millisieverts
This will make more sense when I recount the following NPR story. A female reporter came on and said she was in Sendai, Japan. Then she said she went to the radiation testers put there by the Japanese government. Then they told her she had a reading of 1000 on her jacket and a reading of 10,000 on her shoes. Then they said all she had to do was to wash her jacket and shoes and she would be just fine.
Does anyone else see the problem here or am I alone in this? Okay. If you don't see it here it is:
If radiation sickness sets in where you get really sick and start throwing up at a reading of 1000 and this U.S. reporter in Sendai was told that having a reading of 1000 on her jacket and 10,000 on her shoes was okay and to just wash them off does anyone else see the problem with this picture? Then the problem is even further complicated when you realize that at least in Fukushima there are traces of radioactive iodine in the water there already. It is said it is not enough to make you sick but if the reporter uses well water to wash her jacket and shoes and is a good girl and dries them indoors like the government said, "Is she going to have a problem with the water she washed them in. Also, how does she keep the radiation out of her lungs while she washes her jacket and shoes in the partially radiated water there? I think you are beginning to see the problem with all this.
So, my solution if you live on the western north or South American Coast of the Pacific Ocean why not get a battery powered geiger counter (if you can afford one) or an AC powered one and put it in your back yard or veranda or roof and then blog about the radiation readings you are getting. Then people can network readings up and down the coast from the top of Alaska to the tip of South america to see where the radiation spikes are happening until a few weeks after the Fukushima Nuclear power plant and all the reactors are permanently encased in cement so it won't spread radiation anymore all around the world. In this way, private citizens can share information on radiation spikes and thereby warn people in north and south america as well as what is potentially coming for Europe, AFrica and Asia and then Japan again.
In this way it will be much more difficult for any one or group of governments to lie to the people of the world. Private citizens can fact check too.
I saw one detector being used in Japan on CNN TV. It is the
RadEye B20 and B20-ER Multi-Purpose Survey Meters
it is manufactured by Thermo Scientific and are:
are modern, compact, multi-purpose handheld contamination meters for alpha, beta, gamma and X-ray radiation.
High-end standalone meters are designed to exceed the most demanding user expectations.
In the CNN piece they were being used to detect radiation on food in Japan. I also found them online and one could buy one of these online. However, I wouldn't nkow how to use one unless one went through all the different types of radiation. Also, one would have to know what might be dangerous while monitoring.