BY BOB NICHOLS
Good Day – this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded radiation highs that affected people this week around the United States and in your neighborhood.
Let’s get right to it.
RADIATION CPM* CITY STATE
*Listed in Counts Per Minute. A count is one radioactive decay registered by the instrument. Partial counts are noted. Uncounted radiation would make the count higher.
496 CPM Concord, NH Gamma and Beta Radiation Combined CPM. [Welcome – new to the list]
318 CPM Boston, MA Partial Radiation Data Only.
175 CPM New York City Partial.
388 CPM Raleigh, NC Partial.
279 CPM Atlanta, GA Partial.
450 CPM Miami, FL Partial.
202 CPM Chicago, IL Partial.
575 CPM Ft Wayne, IN Gamma and Beta Radiation Combined CPM.
175 CPM Indianapolis, IN Partial
— CPM St Paul, MN non-reporting
404 CPM Lincoln, NE, Gamma and Beta Radiation Combined CPM.
251 CPM Des Moines, IA Partial.
401 CPM Aberdeen, SD Partial.
507 CPM Rapid City, SD Partial.
300 CPM Kansas City, KA Partial.
297 CPM Tulsa, OK Partial.
533 CPM Little Rock, AR Gamma and Beta Radiation Combined CPM.
277 CPM Dallas, TX Gamma and Beta Radiation Combined CPM.
485 CPM San Angelo, TX Gamma and Beta Radiation Combined CPM.
273 CPM Lubbock, TX Partial.
375 CPM South Valley, NM Partial.
576 CPM Albuquerque, NM Gamma and Beta Radiation Combined CPM.
430 CPM Grand Junction, CO Partial.
712 CPM Billings, MT Partial.
523 CPM Phoenix, AZ Gamma and Beta Radiation Combined CPM.
854 CPM Tucson, AZ Gamma and Beta Radiation Combined CPM. HIGHEST
154 CPM Las Vegas, NV Partial.
545 CPM San Diego, CA Partial.
723 CPM Bakersfield, CA Gamma and Beta Radiation Combined CPM.
313 CPM Los Angeles, CA Partial.
216 CPM San Francisco, CA Partial.
459 CPM Spokane, WA Partial
Across the United States from East to West and North to South, this is Your Radiation This Week.
Where are the Alphas?
Alpha radiation is not mentioned in the EPA or EPA derived websites. The best measurement of Alpha radiation is most often from your own monitor, often called a Geiger Counter. The monitors are widely available and quite legal to own in the states.
Other than that the Alphas have largely gone missing in official or reports derived from official data. That means that all of the measurements in Your Radiation This Week are lower than the radiation actually is. The numbers are lower since they are taken from the “official” numbers. Since this is a known fact, not a hypothetical, you are urged to be alert.
Alpha Rays from a Radioactive Particle in Lung Tissue
This is a picture of a radioactive particle’s radioactive tracks in the lung of an ape. These are the tracks of Alpha radiation over a period of 48 hours from a particle of Plutonium. Of course, these particles are all over the world now and doing the same thing in your lungs. The range of the Alpha radiation is about 20 human cells and all are obliterated within this range.
It is a simple matter for the U.S. Department of Defense and affiliated agencies to request tissue samples from obliging and cooperative medical examiners across the country. The actual radiation poisoning levels of the population can be tracked this way. That way the DOD accurately tracks the Gamma and Beta radiation in the United States’ population and the increase in radiation poisoning over time.
It is incorrect to assume that the DOD will tell Americans anything about their radioactive status. That is not their job. That task is left to the EPA which analyzes and prepares the data for public release after consultation with state and federal officials.
No data or public announcements have yet been made except the familiar “There is No Immediate Danger.” That is to say, you won’t get sick and die in the next few seconds. It is probably quite true, actually.
There are exceptions, of course. An excursion inside the exploded reactor buildings in Japan will take you down immediately.
Question on Flight and Air Travel
Last week a reader asked a question about Cesium137 in the atmosphere and air travel. Of course, there are about 2,000 other radioactive isotopes with the Cesium137. The Cesium137 and all its radioactive cousins are in the air and airplane with you. That is certainly not a good thing, it is called radiation poisoning.
There is a lot of discussion on-line and face-to-face in meetings, large and small, whether there is more Rad or less Rad at 40,000 feet, or 12 192 meters. A person certainly is moving through more air at speed than when on the ground. This is all the more reason to have your own radiation meter if you travel by air since the Rad gets in the airplane.
The radioactive material gets all over the aircraft, too, inside and out. The Rad has the same aging, embrittling, poisonous affect on metal, plastic, fasteners and other items in airplanes as it does in people. Radiation is just really, really nasty stuff.
Look up the Wigner Effect when you get a chance. You’ll be glad you did.
It is named after Mr. Wigner, who discovered it. Wigner was another of Ed Teller’s longtime acquaintances. Teller was the director of the Livermore Nuke Weapons Lab, in Livermore, CA.
They knew all about the Wigner effect at the lab, the government knew it … everybody except the people out in the general public; the ones who still fly in airplanes subject to the Wigner effect. They did not; nor do they now.
Sources and Notes
- The Radiation charts and graphs of the EPA at http://www2.epa.gov/radnet Don’t skip the “2” in www2.
- The EPA based reporting of www.NETC.com, an LLC.
- * This station’s Radiation equals combined Beta and Gamma Radiation. Note: Not all locations have reporting Beta Radiation Monitors. Gamma Radiation Monitors are functioning at all these locations.
- “…If you pollute when you DO KNOW there is NO safe dose with respect to causing extra cases of deadly cancers or heritable effects, you are committing premeditated random murder.” – John W. Gofman, Ph.D., M.D. (1918-2007), associate director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 1963-1969) — Comments on a Petition for Rulemaking to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, May 21, 1994.
- CPM. “Although we can’t see it, taste it, smell it or hear it we can measure radiation and observe its effects. One way to measure radiation which the United States Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] has chosen to use on its radiation websites is in Counts Per Minute. Each Count is One Radioactive Decay.” Quote from the ‘Your Radiation, This Week.’” Apr 3, 2015.
- Photo by Robert Del Tredici from his book entitled At Work In The Fields Of The Bomb (Harper and Row, 1987)
- I just got over 500,000 hits when I Googled: Wigner Effect
– Bob Nichols is a Project Censored Award winning writer and a San Francisco Bay View correspondent whose work regularly appears in The Oklahoma Observer and on-line at okobserver.org. A former bomb maker in a U.S. government factory in rural Oklahoma, he reports on the two nuclear weapons labs in the Bay Area. Check with me, Bob Nichols, at firstname.lastname@example.org for the next edition of Your Radiation, This Week.
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