posted on Mar, 30 2011 @ 05:29 PM
From a quick look, it seems that plutonium isotopes (or at least the ones to be concerned about) emit Alpha particles.
According to several sources, one of which being wiki:
Geiger counters are used to detect ionizing radiation (usually beta particles and gamma rays, but certain models can detect alpha
So it seems one must ensure they actually buy the right geiger counter
for this particular disaster, as not all pick up on alpha particles.
Additionally, it seems (to this novice) that concern about plutonium may be only
a concern for those in very close proximity to the reactors,
if at all(?):
Alpha: These are actual particles that are electrically charged and are commonly referred to as alpha particles. Alpha particles are the least
penetrating of the three primary forms of radiation, as they cannot travel more than four to seven inches in air and a single sheet of paper or
the outermost layer of dead skin that covers the body will stop them. However, if alpha particle emitting radioactive material is inhaled or ingested,
they can be a very damaging source of radiation with their short range being concentrated internally in a very localized area. [my emphasis]
Looks as though those sites I was looking at the other day were indeed, stretching the truth quite a bit, so as to further their anti-nuclear
agendas...what a way to discredit their otherwise decent sentiments!
reply to post by SirMike
Thanks, SirMike. You had posted before I'd finished this one.
edit on 30-3-2011 by OptimisticPessimist because: (no reason given)