Chernobyl then and now

[:en] Above: Scene from HBO’s “Chernobyl” miniseries Lots of people have been riveted to HBO’s five-part “Chernobyl” miniseries, whose fourth episode just aired. Hailed as totally essential, the program is engrossing and hard-hitting, with writing by Craig Mazin and direction by Johan Renck building a steadily creeping unease. The cast is great, and the accuracy…

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The bGeigie Diaries: The Temple Tale Of Fukushima City

[:en] Sadamaru Okano is a Zen priest at the Seirinji temple in the Fukushima region. He is one of the few individuals to have systematically collected radiation data in Fukushima that predates the Safecast data set. Here he speaks about his experiences in Fukushima around the time of  the earthquake of 2011 and why he…

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The bGeigie Diaries: From Six Years Before Fukushima To New Zealand

Data Collector: Allan Lind Data locations: New Zealand, Japan You started collecting radiation data here in Japan long before Fukushima. What got you interested and when did you begin collecting data? My initial interest in radiation really got started when I was working at a steel plant in my native New Zealand in the mid…

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Chernobyl, 30 years ago

The Chernobyl Disaster happened April 26, 1986 – exactly 30 years ago today and until 2011 when disaster struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it was the only level 7 nuclear event. Several Safecast volunteers have mapped out the Chernobyl site and surrounding cities which is still one of the most radioactive places on earth.…

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Fukushima: The Next Three Years Symposium

Above: Everything looked great on the huge screen, including Joi Ito Skyping in from MIT to say hello. The “FUKUSHIMA: THE NEXT THREE YEARS” symposium SAFECAST organized in commemoration of the third anniversary of the start of the Fukushima disaster was held at the Komaba Research Campus of Tokyo University on March 15, 2014. We’re…

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Fukushima across the Pacific

Let’s make it clear: the release of radioactive contamination from the Fukushima NPP to the environment — the air, the land, and the ocean — is a massive disaster. There’s no other way to describe it. Radiation in the air spread far and wide, and was even detectable, though barely, on other continents, while radiation…

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Fukushima Prefecture adapts SAFECAST worldwide radiation map on official prefectural website

The Fukushima Government has created a world wide map of radiation measurements powered by SAFECAST radiation measurements. Good news is that we’re working hard to expand our worldwide radiation map with Singapore, Holland, Belgium, Norway and Chernobyl. As reported in the Fukushima Mimpo Shinbun, on Sep. 8th, 2012 — Summary translation of the article :…

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Visiting Fukushima City (June 1, 2011)

[This is a guest written article, views expressed are the authors alone and may not be endorsed by Safecast] 1. Introduction On Wednesday, June 1, 2001,  I visited Nakate-san, the representative of “Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation”, in Fukushima City to hand two Geiger counters (International Medcom CRM-100 and Inspector Alert) provided by…

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Visiting Fukushima City (June 1, 2011)

1. Introduction On Wednesday, June 1, 2001,  I visited Nakate-san, the representative of “Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation”, in Fukushima City to hand two Geiger counters (International Medcom CRM-100 and Inspector Alert) provided by Safecast. This article is about the trip. 2. On Shinkansen I went to Fukushima by Shinkansen “Tsubasa” from Tokyo.…

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The bGeigie Diaries: Earthquake Fish, Seaweed, and Safecast’s Apolitical Stance

[:en] If Safecast volunteers had CVs, Jonathan Wilder’s would likely be one of the most diverse. Procurement officer, volunteer scientist, and chef extraordinaire are but a few of the roles he has filled since joining the group in late 2012. You might be one of the non-Japanese members of Safecast who has lived here the…

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