Radiation To Hit Taiwan Today

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Radiation Now Detected In Taiwan

The Atomic Energy Council of Taiwan said on Sunday (April 3rd) that the amount of radioactive dust released from the Japanese nuclear disaster that will reach Taiwan in the coming days will not pose a health risk. According to their calculations, radioactive fallout from Japan will reach Taiwan today – April 6th and will have a radiation level of 0.0638 microsieverts per hour, below the maximum permissible level of 0.2 microsieverts per hour, said Lee Ruoh-tsann, director the AEC’s Department of Radiation Protection. On Sunday morning, the radioactive cloud was located over the Pacific Ocean just 300-400 kilometers off the coast of southern Taiwan. The Government Information Office on Saturday said radioactive dust from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan that was battered by an earthquake and tsunami last month is expected to reach Taiwan on Wednesday, April 6th. Real Time Radiation Levels In Taiwan The Taiwan government has provided a publicly available website showing real-time radiation levels throughout Taiwan. Visit the Environmental Radiation Monitoring Network to get the latest numbers for your area of Taiwan. Radiation levels have been low and stable since the beginning of the Japanese reactor incidents on Friday, March 11th.

What Is A Microsievert of Radiation?

Radiation levels are measured in µSv/h (microsievert per hour). This value reflects how much radiation a biological body absorbs during an hour of being exposed to radiation. When radiation is low the absorbed radiation is low and vice versa. For example one dental x-ray scan exposes you to roughly 5 µSv and by eating a banana you’ll absorb 0.1 µSv (More Info).Any value below 0.2 µSv/h is safe and no reason for concern. Prior to the nuclear reactor accidents in Japan, the natural radiation level in Taipei was 0.071 µSv/h.

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