Dear Reader, My name is Michael Nichols. I am the co-founder of: www.symptomsof radiationpoisoning.com. I want to take time to share with all of you additional internet reference sources concerning the nuclear crisis in Japan.
I want to also state for the benefit of the reader there much confusion regarding what may be considered as safe doses of radiation. I don’t post or state “safe levels” in the media book or on the website. There is also confusion regarding measurements of radiation. This is due because scientists measure or use differing scales such as: the curie/picocurie; roentagen/rems; sieverts. These can be converted to each other. I believe there are no safe thresholds or tolerances for exposure to radiation. Every dose should be regarded as an overdose.
I also feel there is no accurate baseline data to gauge harmful exposure levels for humans because baselines were only established after the nuclear testing that was conducted during the 1950’s and early 1960’s ceased. Scientists began noticing increase incidences of mutations and radiation sickness in some of the peoples who inhabit some of islands in the Pacific ocean, where much nuclear testing was conducted. Medical documentation of the effects on survivers of the atomic detonations over Japan in 1945 did provide some initial data.
The following websites are only suggested for informational purposes:
http://transport.nilu.no/products/fukushima This is the site of the Norwegian Institute for Air Research. They provide world maps showing the spread of radioactive isotopes. On their maps the terms “surface concentration” is defined as density detected at or near ground levels and define “total column” as the density detected on the surface going up to high altitudes into the atmosphere. The site is in English.
http://www.enenews.com Energy News posts news articles and a few videos. This seems to be a good source for articles concerning the nuclear crisis and is very up to date for showing news. They also offer blogs for readers to post comments.
www.reuters.com On their website, they have up to date developments. Associated Press (AP) is another reliable source for articles. The EPA is another good source for information, however there is a time lag from the time they collect the samples to the time the samples are tested and the results posted on their website. I believe the lag time ranges from 3-4 days.
http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/forum is a forum conducted by the University of California at Berkeley, Department of Nuclear Engineering. Scientists at the University post concerns and the public is invited to ask questions or post comments.
The above sites are ones that I have reviewed. I’m sure there are other reliable sources available for the interested reader.