We’ve conducted thousands of radiation readings of air, water, rain, food, drink and other media since Radiation Station went online March 15, 2011. We have tested numerous items, substances and sites to determine if Fukushima fallout has impacted them. Those special in-situ multi-media tests, many with video documentation, will continue to be posted here regularly as we report on our findings. We are also aided by our nine affiliated Radiation Stations which have undertaken nearly 2,000 special tests and reports which are ongoing.
EnviroReporter.com‘s Radiation Station continues to operate uninterrupted 24/7 since it began operation on the Ides of March, four days after the March 11, 2011 triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors complex in Japan. Radiation Station Glendale California not only streams radiation readings live 24/7 but documents the results in a computer-generated graph for everyone to see.
EnviroReporter.com also has in-depth databases of information from Spring 2011 to the present including Special Radiation Station Testing, hundreds of originally-test food tests in Eat Me Receipts along with food and drink radiation testing from over a dozen nations in Radiation Food Lab. Additionally, seven Radiation Stations across America and Australia are monitoring ionization levels and conducting individual testing.
This comprehensive database has helped inform our numerous Radiation Station investigations and posts. Use of EnviroReporter.com-sourced scientific tests and observations has helped us know what is, and isn’t, hot in our environment and foodstuffs here in California and across the country. No other media outfit in the United States has the equipment, knowledge and know-how to perform and gather comprehensive testing databases of the ongoing triple meltdowns in Japan.
For over half a year once the Fukushima multiple meltdowns disaster began, EnviroReporter.com tallied ionizing events over 10-minute periods then dividing the total by 10 to get a really accurate count per minute or CPM. We began this testing well before any fallout from the Fukushima meltdowns could have impacted Southern California.
SEE SPECIAL RADIATION STATION TESTING of food, drink, rain, and other media conducted by EnviroReporter.com across Los Angeles and the Southwest United States.
This helped us establish a baseline background range in order to see any possible spikes in radiation should the Jet Stream finally carry the radiation to this area. Having created that baseline, we now are concentrating on specific radiation testing of multiple media in various locations and posting the results. These tests, often videotaped, are now far more important than repeated averaging. Our radiation monitor remains in service 24-7 for immediate and accurate radiation readings in the western area of the Greater Los Angeles Basin.
Our RadAlert Inspector Nuclear Radiation Monitor is located in EnviroReporter.com‘s Santa Monica office on the West Los Angeles border. Elevation 140 feet. The unit is approximately one meter off of the ground in a wood-floored structure built over crawlspace with soil foundation.
The Inspector picks up ionizing radiation and, in the setting you are seeing, is measuring in Counts Per Minute or CPM. Many radiation readings are taken in millirems per hour, or mR/hr. The conversion for the Inspector is 1 mR/hr = 3500 CPM.
SEE RADIATION STATION GRAPHS by Dale Ramicone which show half a year’s worth of Radiation Station tests documenting west Los Angeles Basin and special tests radiation.
We have been measuring in CPM because it is easier for most people to see the difference in radiation levels. The baseline external radiation background we’ve established for this location is 42 to 46 CPM which equals 0.012 to 0.013 mR/hr.
Here are the 10 minute averages we have recorded from our Santa Monica/West LA location from March 15 to September 6, 2011. Following that are exclusive special tests which also rely on 10 minute averages. The normal range is between 42 CPM to 46 CPM (0.012 mR/hr to 0.013 mR/hr) for Exterior readings. On July 13, 2011, after reviewing the data generated since March 15, 2011, we determined that the normal range for Interior readings was/is 35 CPM to 40 CPM. Background levels below are often delineated as “BG.”
Watch west Los Angeles Basin radiation readings LIVE at upper right at “LIVE Radiation Station” or refresh this page often to see a screen shot of the current average.
Note that none of our readings at Radiation Station Santa Monica [RSSMC] are impacted by radon progeny as we discuss in Beta Watch.
May 15, 2015
9:20 am INT RAIN sample: 47.3 CPM^^ or background
9:00 am INT RSSMC BG: 41.9 CPM^^
May 14, 2015
10:25 pm INT RAIN sample: 43.8 CPM^^
10:10 pm INT RSSMC BG: 41.7 CPM^^
3:00 pm INT RAIN sample: 37.5 CPM^^ or background
2:45 pm INT RSSMC BG: 41.3 CPM^^
1:30 pm INT RAIN sample: 43.8 CPM^^ or 21.3% ABOVE BACKGROUND but we consider normal per subsequent sample reading
1:15 pm INT RSSMC BG: 36.1 CPM^^
May 8, 2015
10:00 am INT RSSMC BACKGROUND: 37.5 CPM^^
9:30 am INT RSSMC RAIN remnants sample: 40.6 CPM^^ or background
April 18, 2015
7:00 pm EXT Pacific Ocean water sample taken with paper towel: 34.5 CPM^^ or background
6:45 pm EXT Background including paper sample towel at Pelican Cove, Palos Verdes CA: 39.0 CPM^^
April 7, 2015
9:15 pm INT RAIN SAMPLE 4: 39.6 CPM^^
9:00 pm INT RSSMC: 37.2 CPM^^
6:20 pm INT RAIN SAMPLE 3: 40.0 CPM^^
5:30 pm INT RAIN SAMPLE 2: 45.4 CPM^^ which is 13.8% above background but within the Inspector Alert nuclear radiation monitor’s conservative +/-15% margin of error meaning the reading is BG. [Note that in all three rain samples, radon progeny/daughters do not impact the reading as there is none in this area.]
5:15 pm INT RAIN SAMPLE 1: 39.1 CPM^^
5:00 pm INT RSSMC: 39.9 CPM^^
March 24, 2015
Below are five different Pacific Ocean measurements that were taken between March 6 and March 21, 2015. From north to south, Carmel River State Beach to Topanga State Beach, is a distance of over 300 miles. Three samples from Topanga State Beach, Latigo Canyon beach and Sycamore Canyon Beach were tested wet from sampling towels dipped into the Pacific and then allowed to naturally dry over three days and retested. All six tests for these three sites came in at or below background. It is important to note that natural radiation in Pacific Ocean samples we tested did not register above background. This is crucial information as it will impact discussion of future Pacific Ocean tests at these sites that come in significantly over background. In other words, any future overages will not be able to be dismissed as the water’s “natural” radioactive content.
March 24, 2015
5:35 pm INT RSSM *DRY TOWEL* PACIFIC OCEAN SAMPLE drawn at Sycamore Canyon Beach at at 3:10 pm March 21: 43.8 CPM^^ (background)
5:20 pm INT RSSM *DRY TOWEL* PACIFIC OCEAN SAMPLE drawn at beach at bottom of Latigo Canyon at 2:30 pm March 21: 39.1 CPM^^ (background)
5:05 pm INT RSSM *DRY TOWEL* PACIFIC OCEAN SAMPLE drawn at Topanga State Beach at 2:00 pm March 21: 37.2 CPM^^ (background)
4:50 pm INT RADIATION STATION SANTA MONICA BACKGROUND (BG): 39.6 CPM^^
March 21, 2015
10:05 pm INT RSSM *WET* PACIFIC OCEAN SAMPLE drawn at Sycamore Canyon Beach at at 3:10 pm earlier in day: 43.2 CPM^^ (background)
9:50 pm INT RSSM *WET* PACIFIC OCEAN SAMPLE drawn at beach at bottom of Latigo Canyon at 2:30 pm earlier in day: 39.7 CPM^^ (background)
9:35 pm INT RSSM *WET* PACIFIC OCEAN SAMPLE drawn at Topanga State Beach at 2:00 pm earlier in day: 42.3 CPM^^ (background)
9:20 pm INT RADIATION STATION SANTA MONICA BACKGROUND (BG): 38.9 CPM^^
March 18, 2015
9:45 pm INT RSSM BG: 40.5 CPM^^
9:30 pm INT West Los Angeles Basin RAIN SAMPLE: 89.4 CPM^^ which is 2.2 TIMES BACKGROUND. Aberrent storm system came in over Radiation Station Santa Monica from the northeast, which was unusual. So is the significantly higher than normal reading.
March 11, 2015
5:00 pm INT HEPA DUST from two HEPA filters, one Ionizer/HEPA filter from February 7, 2015 to today, or 33 days total: 176.9 CPM^^ which is 3.9 TIMES BACKGROUND HIGHER.
4:30 pm INT BG: 45.5 CPM^^
March 8, 2015
2:25 pm EXT Carmel River State Beach Pacific Ocean water: 55.3 CPM^
2:10 pm EXT Carmel River State Beach background: 64.7 CPM^^
March 6, 2015
4:20 pm EXT Spooner’s Cove at Montana Del Oro California State Park PACIFIC OCEAN WATER: Background
February 22, 2015
12:05 pm INT RSSMC: 41.0 CPM^^
11:40 am INT RSSMC RAIN SAMPLE: 50.4 CPM^^ or 22.9% above subsequent background
February 7, 2015
5:00 pm Jan. 30 RSSMC INT RAIN SAMPLE #2: 41.1 CPM^^ over a ten minute average.
4:30 pm INT WEST LOS ANGELES BASIN RAIN SAMPLE: 45.3 CPM^^ or 7.1% above background which is less than the Inspector’s +/-15% conservative margin of accuracy meaning this rain contained no additional radiation. It also demonstrates how, as always, radon progeny/daughters do not impact readings at Radiation Station Santa Monica CA.
4:20 pm INT BG: 42.3 CPM^^
1:30 pm INT HEPA DUST from two HEPA filters, one Ionizer/HEPA filter from January 10, 2015 to today, or 28 days total: 116.8 CPM^^ which is 2.8 TIMES BACKGROUND HIGHER.
1:15 pm INT BG: 41.5 CPM^^
January 30, 2015
4:00 pm: RSSMC INT RAIN SAMPLE #2: 131.7 CPM^^ which is 3.3 times BACKGROUND which is HAZARDOUS. As previously reported, California Highway Patrol considers anything over 3 times background to be a tripwire for a HazMat (hazardous materials) situation necessitating appropriate protective protocols. Keep children and pregnant women from directly being exposed to this rain shower. Wet clothes should be taken off once at home and washed normally. This is the first really hot rain in Los Angeles in a while. Act appropriately.
3:40 pm: RSSMC INT RAIN SAMPLE: 107.7 CPM^^ which is 2.7 times BACKGROUND. Radiation Station Santa Monica California is not impacted by radon progeny/daughters as we have noted, shown and proved multiple times since March 15, 2011 when our Fukushima fallout-oriented multi-media radiation testing began.
3:25 pm: RSSMC INT BG: 39.9 CPM^^
January 26, 2015
6:35 pm: RSSMC INT RAIN SAMPLE: 47.2 CPM^^ which is well within the Inspector’s conservative +/-15% margin meaning the rain is at BACKGROUND. This also shows, once again, that Radiation Station Santa Monica California is not impacted by radon progeny/daughters as we have noted, shown and proved multiple times since March 15, 2011 when our Fukushima fallout-oriented multi-media radiation testing began.
6:15 pm: RSSMC INT BG: 43.5 CPM^^
January 10, 2015
1:25 pm INT HEPA DUST from two HEPA filters, one Ionizer/HEPA filter from November 18, 2014 minus 10 days on rad investigation across country and in Southwest Michigan, or 42 days total: 399.9 CPM which is 10.1 TIMES BACKGROUND HIGHER than background. The EPA’s Los Angeles beta station has been down though other California stations show high beta radiation, especially Bakersfield and Fresno (whose RadNet monitor is now not functioning).
1:00 pm INT WEST LOS ANGELES BASIN RAIN SAMPLE: 45.8 CPM^^ or 15.4% above background which is negligible.
12:45 pm INT BG: 39.7 CPM^^
January 1, 2015
10:15 pm INT RSSMC TEST OF DENISE ANNE’S MASK: 39.6 CPM^^ or background
10:00 pm INT RSSMC TEST OF MICHAEL’S MASK: 39.6 CPM^^ or background
9:45 pm INT RADIATION STATION SANTA MONICA CA: 41.9 CPM^^
4:30 pm INT JET AIRLINER @ ~36,000 over ~Iowa/Nebraska: 960.4 CPM^^ which is ~32 TIMES PRIOR ORD BACKGROUND HIGHER
3:00 pm EST INT CHICAGO’S O’HARE TERMINAL: ~30 CPM^^