Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Latest PNRI radioactivity numbers are out and are "safe" as usual

In terms of danger, there's nothing to complain about here.  The only thing bugging me is that the Cs-137 data on March 23 appears  incongruent.  I don't see how the readings in air for that day - stated as just 5.7 microBecquerel - were so much lower than readings in soil - 0.064 becquerel.  Readings were even higher the next day, at 4.72972973 picocuries per kg of soil.  This may be due to sheer gravity, or precipitation, but  there hasn't been a good rain here in a while so i don't get it.

Given that, higher readings will resurface for sure once we have a good rain.  Cs-137 has a half-life of 30 years.  Once it is here, it will invariably make its way into the water system or plant life unless it is physically plucked from the ecosystem and taken elsewhere.

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