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Update: 6/7/12, 7:45 A.M: - False Alert: The alert level reading last evening appears to be a false alert from an equipment malfunction. Here is the station's report:
"out of control readings on the GeigerGraph screen from about 11:30pm local time that occurred while sleeping. My apologies to all. I have no idea what caused this. Shut down GeigerGraph and restarted. Readings from the Geiger were in the normal range (the Geiger operates on A/C). All cable connections are tight and not loose. Am speculating between the GFI and USB Adapter and some sort of voltage spikes. The uninterruptable power supply UPS had lost power and had died - a tripped GFI. I am not going to leave the system running while not at home until I can determine and fix the problem."
By the way, a handful of stations on the Radiation Network feed simultaneously to the Black Cat Systems network, which explains why a high reading was showing on their network at the same time. But Black Cat works in uR/hr instead of CPM, so their radiation level was lower because of the conversion factor between units of measurement.
Originally posted by Avalessa
I guess this is relevant to the amount of helicopters flying over my town lately. Nothing ever happened in Michigan until this, huh?edit on 1/7/12 by Avalessa because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by darkbake
reply to post by sad_eyed_lady
The Reddit thread has some decent proof, including an alert on Ubalert that was taken down and readings from multiple Geiger counters. What disturbs me is that there seems to be evidence of a cover-up.
At any rate, the latest Reddit postings are saying that this could have been a solar event.
Some viewers of the Radiation Maps on our Network wonder why radiation levels in Japan seem to be lower than those in the US in some instances. For example, of the stations in Japan reporting in real time as I write this, their average readings are about 14 CPM (Counts per Minute), in contrast to some stations in the US showing levels in the 30's and 40's. Well, the explanation of that difference is simple. First of all, our network is fed by readings in CPM because that is what almost all of the contributing detectors send out of their data ports, and as we have stressed many times, not all detectors are equal in the design and size of the sensor, or GM (Geiger-Mueller) tube that they are built around. It just so happens that most of our Japan stations use "standard tubed" Geiger counters, while many stations in America use the ultra-sensitive pancake-tubed detectors, which have about a 3 to 1 higher count rate than standard tubes. So whenever you see readings in the 30 or 40's, it is usually because the station is running a pancake tubed Geiger counter.
Unfortunately, that has led to some understandable confusion...
Originally posted by karen61057
reply to post by sad_eyed_lady
Yikes, making a mountain out of a pin hole to coin a phrase.
A pin hole leak that was fixed. A pin hole leak that was discovered while the plant was not "hot". A pin hole leak that released less than a gallon of coolant which was immediatly cleaned up and nothing escaped the facility.
And this needs a thread because you are an alarmest ? A troll ? Bored on a Saturday afternoon ?