Above is a live shot of a RadAlert Inspector Nuclear Radiation Monitor in EnviroReporter.com‘s Santa Monica office on the West Los Angeles border. Elevation 140 feet. The unit, costing $799.00 at International Medcom, can be had much cheaper at other outlets including this one at Amazon for $536.75. It is approximately one meter off of the ground in a wood-floored structure built over crawlspace with soil foundation. Next to the Inspector is a LaCrosse digital weather station with Atomic Clock featuring Weather Girl.
SEE SPECIAL RADIATION STATION TESTING of food, drink, rain, and other media conducted by EnviroReporter.com across Los Angeles and the Southwest United States.
The Inspector picks up ionizing radiation and, in the setting you are seeing, is measuring in Counts Per Minute or CPM. As noted iun the comments of our earlier post “Radiation Station,” we have been taking ten minute averages to hone in on more accurate readings of the gamma radiation that this detector is picking.
These readings are designed to make sure we have an accurate baseline background radiation measurement so any possible increases in radiation due to the horrific multiple meltdown threats emanating from Japan can be discerned. A list of the 10 minute averages can be found here.
A range of Exterior normal background radiation at Radiation Station has been determined to be between 42 to 46 CPM after half a year’s averaging. The normal range of Interior background detections is 35 to 40 CPM.
These measurements are similar to background measurements taken in this location over a long period of time. These ranges are generally about double of what would be normally found at this elevation and geology which could be a result of longtime radiation contamination in Southern California from places like the Santa Susana Field Laboratory which had America’s worst partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor in 1959 releasing up to hundreds of times more radiation, according to some estimates, than the more infamous Three Mile Island partial meltdown in 1979 in Pennsylvania.
Should radiation measured by the Inspector begin to rise to double background, we will be concerned. If the measurements go to triple background and above for a sustained period of time in the next few days, then the problem is very troublesome. Numerous special radiation tests has shown radioactive contamination in Southern California rain, mist, food and drink.
Most importantly, this live stream gives you the information you want: how “hot” is it in the Los Angeles Basin. You can find out more why we set up the Radiation Station by checking out our post “Melt Down Wind.”
See our FUKUSHIMA INVESTIGATION for up to the minute news, FAQs, Radiation Station data statistics and radiation readings across the country.
Read RADIATION STATION STATS page which documents extensive radiation readings for the Los Angeles basin based on averages taken from EnviroReporter.com‘s nuclear radiation detector the Inspector in Santa Monica, California. This is the only working and publicly viewable nuclear radiation monitor on the West Coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco.