Japan’s citizen scientists map radiation

Using Geiger counters, a group of tech-minded citizen scientists in Japan measured the fallout in the disaster area from the March 11th 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Japan. These volunteer network of scientists collectively known as Safecast assembled thousands of radiation readings plotted on maps to be a resource for researchers in studying the impact of the meltdown at the crippled nuclear complex.

“For the scientific community, this is a huge chance to further understand what this all means,” said Pieter Franken, co-founder of Safecast and a senior researcher at Keio University in Tokyo. Franken said,“We want to bring the radiation levels to people’s doorstep, so people can see around their house what is happening.”

To see the maps, click here.

Source: MSNBC

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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