UPDATE: Also see Video Maps Spread of Radioactivity in Real Time
By Tim Flanegin
Our National Radiation Map depicts 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 any time.
Click here to see a static map of Alaska and Hawaii, updated less frequently, because the Network has no Monitoring Stations there. We are asking that, if you live in Alaska or Hawaii, to run a Monitoring Station. This is a volunteer, grass roots network. If we don’t do it ourselves, it’s not going to get done. All you need is a compatible Radiation Detector and the Radiation Network Software.
How the Map Works:
A growing number of Radiation Monitoring Stations across the country, using various models of Digital GeigerCounters, upload their Radiation Count data in real time to their computer using a Data Cable, and then over the Internet to this web site, all of this accomplished through GeigerGraph for Networks software.
How to Read the Map:
Referring to the Map Legend at the bottom left corner of the map, locate Monitoring Stations around the country that are contributing radiation data to this map as you read this, and watch the numbers on those monitoring stations update as frequently as every minute (your browser will automatically refresh). 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 within the US, 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 130 CPM. Thus, the “Alert Level” for the National Radiation Map is 130 CPM, so if you see any Monitoring Stations with CPM value above 130, further indicated by an Alert symbol over those stations, it probably means that some radioactive source above and beyond background radiation is responsible.
Notice the Time and Date Stamp at the bottom center of the Map. That is your indication of how recently the Radiation Levels have been updated to the Map.
We have received a lot of feedback on our Radiation Network, including gratitude for this service, and we really appreciate the support. A lot of suggestions and questions (and some complaints) have been forwarded as well, so I would like to address those here, because we do not have time to respond to your individual email messages.
The messages range from Where is Hawaii and Alaska to Why aren’t there more Monitoring Stations, etc. So for starters, this is a privately founded, owned, and operated network. We are not affiliated with the government in any way, and therefore, we lack the unlimited funding that our government seemingly has. Otherwise, we would gladly set up 1,000 Monitoring Stations in the US, including Alaska and Hawaii.
What that means, therefore, is that the Network is dependent on us to set up Monitoring Stations, where all you need is a compatible Radiation Detector and the Radiation Network Software. We can not force anyone to operate a Monitoring Station – if we don’t do it ourselves, it won’t happen.
Many have asked for more details on Monitoring Stations and Nuclear Sites, etc. We would love to give all the data away free, and spend unlimited hours posting all of it on the web site for public benefit, but we fund this network out of our own pocket through the sales of our GeigerGraph for Networks Software that makes this all possible. So if you want the full capabilities of the Network, the Maps, and the Data, we ask that you shell out a few bucks for the software. Sorry – a little capitalism at work here – it’s how we make our living.
So the main point is this: We need more Monitoring Stations! The data is thin. So if you want to help, get a hold of a compatible detector, and set one up. Like any volunteer effort, it is up to us.
Now for some individual issues:
|Web Site status – Yes, our site was down on 3/15 for awhile, but due to a technical mistake on our part – there was no sinister explanation behind that.|
|Alaska and Hawaii – We posted “static” maps at this link – AK and HI.|
|Global Map – This network is potentially global. One our members from Norway was operating his Monitoring Station yesterday, and we continue to urge a couple of our members in Japan to run their stations and “plug in” to the Network.|
More to come later… Thanks again for your support.