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Oita - Absorbed dose rate

29 Απρ. 2017 00:00 - 29 Μάι. 2017 00:00
radiation dose Oita

Data source: Dataset 1 (see below)

Units: absorbed dose rate [ΞΌGy/h]
  • In cases of x-rays and gamma rays and electrons absorbed by human tissue Gray is often converted into Sievert by assuming 1 Gy/h = 1 SV/h (see information below).
    Roentgen equivalent in man (rem): 1 Sv = 100 rem
  • Please note: The y-axis displaying the absorbed dose rate and accumulation plots can vary depending on location and time frame.

Data source - Absorbed dose rate:
Dataset 1 Dataset 2 Dataset 3 Dataset 4
Source MEXT Readings MEXT (SPEEDI) TEPCO Pachube
Data available since 13.3.2011 or 15.3.2011
hourly averages
since 1.1.2010
10 minute data
since 14.4.2011
10 minute data
since 22.3.2011
different sources with 10 minute data or hourly averages
hourly averages hourly averages hourly averages hourly averages
band Vmax-Vmin
Minimum value (Vmin) and maximum value (Vmax) from usual value band: "Usual value band means a range of the maximum and minimum value observed before the earthquake" [MEXT: e.g. pdf]) Minimum value (Vmin) and maximum value (Vmax) calculated with the data of the respective locations from 1.1.2010 to 10.3.2011 (from hourly averages) no value band no value band
Sometimes data is not transmitted due to maintenance or for other reasons. Missing data is not bridged by lines. Only values refering to sequential hours are connected.

Accumulated absorbed dose rate:
Dataset 1, Dataset 2, Dataset 3 and Dataset 4
Accumulated dose rate = summation of hourly averages of absorbed dose rate
Accumulation period: 13.3.2011 up to today
Accumulation of original data

Missing values:
Accumulation of interpolated data:
Missing values are approximated since original data of average absorbed dose rate is not available for every hour. Missing data points are computed by linear interpolation.
Missing data at the beginning of the period:
Missing values at the beginning of the accumulation period (13.3.) will be set to 0.
In those cases the calculated accumulation values show below the actual accumulation values. Regarding the assessment of the timeline: Radiation releases during the initial hydrogen explosions.
All data taken into account in the accumulation is shown in the graph β€˜interpolated raw data’ (top left button above the graph).
The red graph shows the accumulation of 0,114 ΞΌGy/h based on an estimated average for Japan of 1000 ΞΌGy per year (equates 0,114 ΞΌGy/h *24 hours * 365 days). The accumulation starts with the first available value of the data set after 13.3.2011 (see missing values above).
The green graph shows the accumulation of Vmax. The accumulation starts with the first available value of the data set after 13.3.2011 (see missing values above).

Colour scale:
< Vmax < 10 * Vmax < 100 * Vmax > 100 * Vmax
The colour scale is based on the maximum Value (Vmax) measured at the location of the Geiger counter prior to the accident. Therefore allowing to spell out the changes in comparison to the values prior to the accident.
Natural radiation:
Health effects - information:
Units: absorbed dose rate [Gy/h]

Absorbed dose [Gy]:

The unit gray, [Gy], measures radiation which is absorbed into any material.

Equivalent dose [Sv]:

The unit sievert, [Sv], specifically measures radiation which is absorbed by a person.
The equivalent dose to a person is found by multiplying the absorbed dose, in gray, by a radiation weighting factor (WR ).
The radiation weighting factor WR is introduced to allow for the different relative biological effects of different types of ionizing radiation on human tissue.

In terms of SI base units:

1 Sv = 1 Gy ⋅ WR

where Sv=sievert, Gy=gray, WR =weighting factor specific to each type of radiation and tissue.

Radiation weighting factor (WR ):

For x-rays and gamma rays and electrons absorbed by human tissue, WR is 1. For alpha particles it is 20. To compute Sieverts from Grays, simply multiply by WR . This is obviously a simplification. The radiation weighting factor WR approximates what otherwise would be very complicated computations. The values for WR change periodically as new research refines the approximations [1].

Effective dose [Sv]:

The probability of a harmful effect from radiation exposure depends on what part or parts of the body are exposed. Some organs are more sensitive to radiation than others. A tissue weighting factor is used to take this into account. When an equivalent dose to an organ is multiplied by the tissue weighting factor for that organ the result is the effective dose to that organ. If more than one organ is exposed then the effective dose, is the sum of the effective doses to all exposed organs [1].

Tissue weighting factor:

see table European nuclear society

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