Safecast Diaries: from Rest Stops to Real-Time Images, from the First bGeigie Trips to the Aftermath of 3.11

David Kell was among a rag-tag group of volunteers taking supplies to the Tohoku region in the weeks after the 2011 3.11 Tohoku disaster. Onboard were the very first incarnations of what would, over time, become the bGeigie geiger counters. On March 11, 2020, David Kell found himself, quite by accident, staring out over a…

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BGeigie Diaries: What Covering 2,000 Kilometer of Japan – On Foot, With A Camera – Can Teach You

[:en] Covering 2,000 kilometers of Japan on foot with a bGeigie on his back was a journey of rediscovery for Stefan Speidel. As an avid photographer, Stefan documented his journey taking pictures along the entire way.  Get up; get ready; get going; get lost in thought; get connected to the country and its people; get…

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Lessons From A Record-setting Pacific Crossing With Safecast On Board

[:en] Douglas Smith and Mitsuhiro Iwamoto joined forces on a record-setting non-stop voyage across the Pacific Ocean. A Safecast bGeigie was also onboard. For 54 days, Douglas Smith was what he jokingly refers to as ‘Seeing Eye Doug.’ That’s how long it took for him and co-sailor Mitsuhiro Iwamoto to cross the approximately 8,700 miles…

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Safecast On Board For Blind Sailor’s Attempt To Cross The Pacific Ocean

[:en] In the last week of February, Mitsuhiro ‘Hiro’ Iwamoto will set out from San Diego with a bGeigie onboard. If all goes according to plan, he and crewmate Doug Smith will sail the ‘Dream Weaver,’ a 40-foot cutter, across the Pacific Ocean non-stop to Onahama in Fukushima prefecture. While an impressive feat in its…

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The bGeigie Diaries: Travelling Through Invisible Time In Fukushima

[:en] The following is a collection of impressions and thoughts from a recent trip to the Fukushima region with Safecast. It is a personal account of the trip and should be read as such. March 13th, 2018, approximately 3.30 pm The high school looks and feels like almost any other that you can find throughout…

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Safecast sensors and local volunteers document effect of SoCal brush fires

[:en] Safecast has two Solarcast Air Quality devices located close to the area in Southern California hit by brush fires this week. Local volunteer Meeno Peluce also photo documented the fires in Montecito Heights in LA, near a Solarcast sensor that he hosts.   The location of this sensor can be seen in the lower…

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Safecast devices used for first readings inside a US nuclear plant

[:en] Safecast-collaborators from the NGO Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE) recently used a bGeigie Nano when visiting the site of the San Onofre nuclear plant in California (you can see the measurements here). It was the first time that Safecast’s devices have been used to make measurements inside a US nuclear facility.  …

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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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Safecast bGeigie featured in recent museum exhibitions

[:en] The bGeigie has been taking a small break from its day job collecting radiation data and touring museums in Asia and North America. The visits are merely a different kind of work, though, as Safecast’s bGeigie Nano and data visualizations have been featured two interesting recent exhibitions. One, called “Make It Make It,” was at…

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The bGeigie Diaries: Fukushima’s Christian Connection to Safecast

[:en] Heiwa Kataoka could be called Safecast’s divine connection. He is a member of a Christian congregation, and through his work with churches and NGOs has become one of the world’s most prolific bGeigie-builders. Here he shares his Safecast memories and experiences, which began with a visit to his father’s house back in 2011. Your…

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