Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Radiations in Tokyo, real-time

Japan is going through a wide spectrum of catastrophes: an impressive earthquake was followed by a terrible tsunami that killed thousands of people, swept away whole villages and destroyed the emergency power generators of Fukushima's cooling system, causing radiation to spread out, even to northern America. Moreover, a vulcano erupted and... there's even a bird flu warning in Chiba. Because of the laws of statistic  they will be the luckiest nation in the world for an hundred years, at the least.

Going back to radiations fear, what about the biggest town, Tokyo? Well, it seems that there's less radioacticity than in Rome, and thanks to a guy named Shinji Hiroshi we can have a proof: 

Free TV Show from Ustream

A count per minute value below 40 is perfectly normal; we read about 25, so there's nothing's wrong in Tokyo's air at the moment. Instead, Rome counts 0.25 microsievert per hour, 6 times Tokyo's actual radioactivity. Unbelieveable.

Anyway, I do consider this live stream a stunning fact: we live in a world that allow us to get (and send) any kind of information, even the most complex one, in a snap and throughout the planet. One can install an actual Geiger device, put a camera on it and broadcast its own video stream to say "everyboy calm down, we're okay". This is more than being connected. It's having mature technologies available and using them with ease, reaching any corner of the world, allowing communications that go beyond cultural differences.

Apart from all this... hang on in there Japan people. We are with you.

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