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Visualizing #nuclear Tweets with Google Earth. Nuclear Mapping [mapping.jp] (Google Earth Plug-in is required) is a real-time visualization of the tweets (purple) and retweets (red) that contain the hashtag #nuclear.

Visualizing #nuclear Tweets with Google Earth

The representation of this Twitter communication is combined with multicolored circles, which stand for the geographical locations of all nuclear reactors in the world. More detailed information on individual tweets and nuclear reactors can be accessed through selecting the appropriate icons. An interactive timeline slider rounds of the interactivity features. Safecast. 311 SCALE. We would like to offer our deepest sympathies to all of those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

311 SCALE

Although the destruction of entire towns over an area stretching for 500 kilometers to the north and south is of an almost unimaginable scale, we believe that this immense devastation can be overcome and we hope that during the process of rebuilding the disaster-affected region, we can also discover a path for the future of Japan and the world. The earthquake has also brought the new crisis of radioactive contamination to Japan.

Not only is there the physical issue of the cleanup following the nuclear accident, but one of the first steps on the path to recovery must be to reduce the negative image which people have of Japan as a country contaminated by nuclear radiation, and thereby lessen the damage to Japanese industry, by presenting the world with an objective look at the current situation – at least within a range that is reasonable to modern science. _lnnwq4NhNw1qzfnm5o1_1280.jpg (925×1280) 国・自治体による高さ1m・0.5m計測を中心とした放射線量マップ Radiation dose measured by MEXT and local governments at 1 or 0.5 meter height. Xenon-133 Northern hemisphere - radiation. Iodine-131 Japan - radiation. Radiation visualizations paint a different picture of Japan - O'Reilly Radar.

Over the weekend I came across some data on levels of radiation in Japan collected by the Japanese government, and helpfully translated into English by volunteers.

Radiation visualizations paint a different picture of Japan - O'Reilly Radar

Unfortunately the data was also somewhat unhelpfully stuck in PDF format. However between us Gemma Hobson, Pete Warden and I transcribed, mostly by hand, some of the more helpfully formatted files into CSV format (16KB) making it acceptable to Pete's OpenHeatMap service. The map embedded below shows our first results. #geigermaps. Pachube - data infrastructure for the Internet of Things.