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Industrial Info Resources

March 16, 2011 23:24 ET

Radiation Levels at Fukushima Daiichi Fall; Radiation and Sieverts Explained, an Industrial Info News Alert

TOKYO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- The Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has reported that radiation levels have fallen steadily over the past 12 hours at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. As of Wednesday, March 16, at 5:00 p.m. JST, equipment at the main plant gate of Fukushima Daiichi detected radiation levels of 752 microSieverts per hour. A Sievert is the International System of Units derivation of dose equivalent, which is the measure of effects of ionizing radiation on tissue.

Single dose examples include the following:

  • One banana: 0.0001 milliSieverts
  • Mammogram: 5 milliSieverts
  • Chest CT Scan: 6 to 18 milliSieverts

Hourly dose examples include the following:

  • Highest recorded radiation recorded at Fukushima Daiichi unit 2: eight milliSieverts per hour
  • Highest recorded radiation recorded at Fukushima Daiichi main plant gate: 11 millilSieverts per hour...

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