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Kat Austen, CultureLab editor In the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster , amidst a climate of general mistrust of government radiation data, a number of crowdsourced initiatives for mapping radiation levels sprang up, such as Japan Geigermap , in which radiation readings from citizens are aggregated and displayed online using a web service called pachube .
Radiation health impact
Public release date: 20-Dec-2011 [ Print | E-mail | Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Lynn Yarris firstname.lastname@example.org 510-486-5375 DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
EURDEP (EUropean Radiological Data Exchange Platform) makes unvalidated radiological monitoring data from most European countries available in nearly real-time. The participation of the EU member states is regulated by the Council Decision 87/600 and the Recommendation 2000/473/Euratom. The participation of non-EU countries is on a voluntary basis.
There’s a lot of discussion of radiation from the Fukushima plants, along with comparisons to Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Radiation levels are often described as “<X> times the normal level” or “<Y>% over the legal limit,” which can be pretty confusing. Ellen, a friend of mine who’s a student at Reed and Senior Reactor Operator at the Reed Research Reactor, has been spending the last few days answering questions about radiation dosage virtually nonstop (I’ve actually seen her interrupt them with “brb, reactor”).
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Every day all over the world people are exposed to ionising radiation, almost all from natural sources in the environment or for medical reasons. Ionising radiation has enough energy to cause damage cells which can increase the risk of cancer later in life.
Through the management of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS), the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) positions the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an international leader in emergency medical response to radiation incidents. As part of its mission to strengthen medical response to radiation emergencies, REAC/TS staff are available 24 hours a day/seven days a week to deploy and provide emergency medical consultation for incidents involving radiation anywhere in the world.
The Medical Aspects of Radiation Incidents provides the basic information needed for the medical management of victims of radiation incidents in an easy-to-understand manner and is now available to attendees of REAC/TS courses in “pocket guide” form. It is also available in PDF format for free download.