US Radiation Monitoring Map in Real Time

UPDATE: Also see Video Maps Spread of Radioactivity in Real Time

By Tim Flanegin
Radiation Network

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.

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About Radiation Network

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.

Thyroid Helper

24 responses to “US Radiation Monitoring Map in Real Time

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  2. This is a great idea, we needed this back in the late 40’s early 50’s though when they were setting off their big firecrackers in Nevada and then the bikini came from all of that. Men have been thankful ever since. All kidding aside, with all the potential for panic here, lets put things in perspective. This whole mess that’s going on in Japan is of grave concern, no doubt and all we need is more of this. They just fried a big piece of their ancient revered homeland and they’re not going to be able to move back in for maybe, what, a hundred thousand years. There’s going to be a whole lot of pissed off people there when this whole thing plays itself down. Last year we had the Gulf oil fiasco, funny thing is the gulf coast is the safe place to go to escape the jet winds blowing the stuff across the Pacific. Big choice. I’ll stay put in my little piece of being alive in the primordial soup.

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  4. Thanks Rady; To clear up the bikini thing, that’s when the US chose a remote island in the South Pacific to set off their biggest (at the time) H bomb called the Bikini Island. They vacated all the inhabitants then blew a big hole in the center of it and turned an island into an atoll. Without doing any further research, that’s more or less how the story goes. Some brilliant marketing type thus named the 2 piece bathing suit after it.

  5. This is a great idea…I’ll ahave to consider a monitoring station here, since we are somewhat close to VT’s Yankee plant(s), and north of Indian Point. So, ya think we got enough of these hellcreatures in the USA yet????

  6. Actually, John, I live in Columbia COunty, NY, approximately due west of VT Yankee. I was just on the phone with my Mum telling her what to eat and what to have on hand (she’s in AZ, but still….) We have to remember that this will be all over the world should the worst happen, its not like we’re all going to be fried to a crisp – the far reaching affects of this are way in our futures should we live long enough. The West Coast has more to worry about. The monitoring stations in this article, plus the Jet Stream maps are good ways to keep current on what’s going where…assuming we can get hard info should the worst happen. I myself will be watching those monitoring stations, thank you Rady for posting that very interesting site which I had NO idea existed. John, I understand that elevation of land can also affect the distribution of these radioisotopes, so don’t know if you’re in the hills or what. We are only at about 700 feet.

    The big thing I worry about is the effect on the world’s food supplies which are already under strain – I guess the answer is blowin’ in the wind.

  7. Just watched a White House briefing. An NRC spokesperson said there is no danger to the US.

    Obama will hold a press conference at 3:30 (Eastern) today

  8. Do we believe that????? Yea, there’s no danger of turning into human nightlights…but what about the longlasting affects of exposure. I don’t believe anything that comes out of their mouths anymore…haven’t seen so much forked tongue since Geronimo was a baby…:-)

  9. Great service – thank you. But, I think the map does not list all nuclear reactors in the U.S. For example, the Univeristy of Texas at Austin runs a nuclear “research” reactor at its J. Pickle campus in north Austin. Don’t know what idiot thought that putting a nuc reactor right in the middle of 1.7 million people was a good idea!

  10. Just 9 or 10 stations? I am surprised there are not more participants…

  11. Well, if eveyone one of us reading this volunteered to set up a station, there’d be more! 🙂 We live on a radon prong, perhaps the very tail end of the Reading Prong, but we have a radon collector that dissipates the gas.

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  14. Very disappointed in your not showing any readings where there are problems, such as Japan during crisis, and now Nebraska.

  15. All you need is a compatible Radiation Detector and the Radiation Network Software.

    so can we have brands, specs required? names ,cost and who’s
    nothing seems to be being monitored in Aus either, not smart to not do so, going to have a word with friends about it.:-)

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  17. My Lionel 700 meter as been reading .3?or.o3?millrads/second recently after only showing .1 or.01?mr/sec about a month ago.The recent reading has been at the .3or.03 level for weeks.I do not agree that we have to wait for 130cpm to be concerned since the build up factor!???Heard a farm in Oregon shut down due to too much radiation build up..The unborn would be most vunerable.Please list more monitor sites.I still can’t get a conversion of millibequerels or seiverts to millirads or the reverse.

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  21. Hello, I do not see any monitoring stations in E. WA or Idaho. Are there any there?

  22. Hi Rady, is this monitoring still active?

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