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Online Map Provides Information on Radiation Levels in the US

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Despite the fact that experts have predicted that the United States will not be affected by radiation exposure due to the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, there are some people who simply could not shake away concern over radiation.

Radiation NetworkA feature on AllVoices.com shared a National Radiation Map, which can be found on the home page of Radiation Network. The map depicts the environmental radiation levels across the United States, and is being updated real time. It is said to be the first website where “the average citizen (or anyone in the world) can see what radiation levels are anywhere in the USA at any time.”

The website is not government-owned; it is actually operated by Mineralab, LLC, from Prescott, Arizona. Mineralab warned, however, that it is not able to verify radiation levels or radiation alerts indicated on the map independently. The monitoring stations, according to the feature, are operated by grassroots volunteers, and high readings may be caused by such incidents as malfunctioning Geiger counters, or the proximity of counters to medical procedures or radioactive items.

There are several monitoring stations indicated in the map, including stations in Washington, California, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, and two stations on the East Coast.

The general public is welcome to contribute to the monitoring effort, according to the feature. Requirements include having a digital Geiger counter, software (available from the Radiation Network), a computer that is running on a Windows operating system, and direct access to the Internet.