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Overload: How to Follow Fukushima and Some Weekend Long Reads

The enduring crisis at Fukushima, plus some incredible long-form reads for the weekend, in today's roundup from GOOD Environment HQ.


Every day since these charts were created, I wake up and check out the radiation levels from all around Japan, including just outside the Fukushima reactor (above).

Then I'll load up Jesse Jenkins' "nuclear crisis" Twitter feed for some wide-ranging and deep-diving updates of the situation at Fukushima.

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A Chart to Better Understand Radiation Levels and Their Effects on People [Updated]

Keep this chart close at hand while reading reports on the levels of radiation spreading from the ruined Fukushima reactor in Japan.

[Updated with new chart below]: If you're at all like me, while watching the nuclear crisis unfold at Fukushima, you've been really confused by the reports of levels of radiation released at the plants, and at various locations nearby. One report, for instance, says that "radiation levels near the stricken plant on the northeast coast reached as high as 400 millisieverts (mSv) an hour." But what does that mean for people?

The International Atomic Energy Agency explains the measurement like so:

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