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Sean Bonner Ⓥ @seanbonner
In a car with @xenijardin @noktonlux @milesobrian heading north. Estimated drive time: 5 hours.
Sean Bonner Ⓥ @seanbonner
@seanlynchs not a French press. V60 pourover. This is my own personal travel set up.
Xeni Jardin @xeni
.@milesobrien & I are driving north with @Safecastdotorg team, including @seanbonner, gathering & recording radiation measurements. #Japan
Xeni Jardin @xeni
Safety precautions in higher radiation zones today: don't lick rocks, roll naked in dirt, stick body parts out of car. #japan #Safecast
Xeni Jardin @xeni
There are more geiger counters in the car than iPhones. Lots of protective gear if needed & packing in our own food/water. #Safecast #japan
Miles O'Brien @milesobrien
On my way north to take some radiation readings near #Fukushima with the @safecastdotorg crew and @xenijardin
Sean Bonner Ⓥ @seanbonner
I'll be tweeting a bit from @safecastdotorg throughout this trip. But will likely crosstweet a lot.
Xeni Jardin @xeni
Cicada hulls, stuck to a tree outside a rest stop en route Fukushima. http://instagr.am/p/JjJXd/
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Xeni Jardin @xeni
Roadside rest stop, just before passing through a known radiation hot spot town. http://instagr.am/p/JjOiQ/
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Xeni Jardin @xeni
We measured radiation around rest stop, learned interesting things about hot spots & lower level spots. Cicadas: same as bg rads. #Safecast
Xeni Jardin @xeni
On the car stereo driving toward Fukushima w/ @safecastdotorg: "Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide," and "Safety Dance."
Sean Bonner Ⓥ @seanbonner
Driving through a hotspot in Nasu – Seeing 140 CPM readings inside the car which provides some shielding. (was ~30 in Tokyo) #safecast
Xeni Jardin @xeni
Driving through known hotspot, Nasu, in Tochigo prefecture, readings within car jumped. 140+CPM, 37 microsieverts. began 3x lower in Tokyo.
Xeni Jardin @xeni
The land we're driving through is really lovely. Bright green forest along both sides of freeway. #Safecast
Xeni Jardin @xeni
Now inside car, @safecastdotorg devices getting 0.33 microsieverts/hr, 172 CPM. We're behind a cattle truck, jokes re beef causing spike.
Xeni Jardin @xeni
(nb: Rather than tweeting the names of places we're driving, I'll turn on location for my tweets now. Usually have that off for privacy.)
Xeni Jardin @xeni
.@mpesce yes, but many subtle & unexpected things about how radiation spreads/collects that we're learning today from @safecastdotorg guys.
Xeni Jardin @xeni
Some of the known hot spots, like Chiba or Nasu, are 2-4 hrs by car from #Fukushima. Radiation doesn't travel in neat circles. Many factors.
Xeni Jardin @xeni
One hot town, a theory goes, may have become so bcs a lake nearby caused condensation of cesium in air, released when core breached.
Xeni Jardin @xeni
The radioactive vapor floating in the atmosphere above Japan on March 20 or so became cool there, dropped over that town, voilà: hot spot.
Xeni Jardin @xeni
Bottom of drainpipes, where they trickle water from roof on to pebble-concrete walkways, also tends to be hot micro-site. Kids, stay away.
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