In a couple of earlier entries I’ve explored how WolframAlpha can inform public discourse when it involves energy literacy. Last night, when Clemens Vasters tweeted the JAIF (Japan Atomic Industrial Forum) reactor status update, WolframAlpha again showed how helpful it can be. According to the JAIF document, the radiation dose at the border of the power station was most recently reported to be 642 microsieverts/hr. Well, what does that mean?
In the US press, though, the units are typically rems or millirems. So:
That’s at the border of the power station. What about inside? According to another source, BraveNewClimate, “At 8:47AM on March 16, a radiation level of 300 milli sievert per hour was recorded between the exteriors of the secondary containment buildings of Unit 2 reactor and Unit 3 reactor of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.”
I wish I could flow all the Fukushima news through a WolframAlpha filter that would provide these and other comparisons. More importantly, I wish that the US media would flow their unhelpful coverage (/via @cgerrish) through that filter because Nuclear Boy is doing a better job than Anderson Cooper and Soledad O’Brien.