posted on Aug, 11 2012 @ 09:38 AM
As of late I have been monitoring the following site:
Welcome to RadiationNetwork.com, home of the National Radiation Map, depicting environmental radiation levels across the USA, updated in real time
every minute. This is the first web site where the average citizen (or anyone in the world) can see what radiation levels are anywhere in the USA at
Given Fukishima and the aging Nuclear infrastructure it seemed a good site to keep an eye on. I check it every day a couple of times.
Noticed something this morning that raised my eyebrows. From the website:
The numbers represent radiation Counts per Minute, abbreviated CPM, and under normal conditions, quantify the level of background radiation, i.e.
environmental radiation from outer space as well as from the earth's crust and air. Depending on your location, your elevation or altitude, and your
model of Geiger counter,this background radiation level might average anywhere from 5 to 60 CPM, and while background radiation levels are random,
it would be unusual for those levels to exceed 100 CPM. Thus, the "Alert Level" for the National Radiation Map is 100 CPM, so if you see any
Monitoring Stations with CPM value above 100, further indicated by an Alert symbol over those stations, it probably means that some radioactive source
above and beyond background radiation is responsible.
When I checked the map this morning Virginia monitor was showing a reading of 88 CPM. Didn't think much of it but took a copy of the image anyway.
Pull to right.
So continued monitoring throughout the morning and managed to pick up some surprising readings. Nothing breaches the 100 CPM so far but I got a 99 at
one point. Even though the readings are up and down its not fallen below 60 all day. Timestamps are Arizona time.
And finally the 99. Keep going back and seeing this monitor ranging from 60-99 all day. Is this normal. All the other monitors appear to range from
single figures to mid forties. Users use a range of equipment but I have been checking this site for a few weeks and the highest I've seen is in the
60's. There have been some anomaly's in the past but they tend to show astronomical figures over a short time period (equipment issues).