Monday, May 9, 2011

Japan's Radiation In Perspective


It's incredibly hard to ignore Japan when talking about nuclear power due to the recent disaster.  Though the above chart (and link) was assembled by someone who is not an expert on radiation, I believe that he has illustrated this issue in a very accessible fashion.  We are exposed to radiation every day, and though what happened in Japan was a tragedy in many ways, it's important to keep the nuclear aspect of the events in perspective.  If you click the link in order to see this image at full size, you will be able to view the sources used to create it.  For the brave (or less easily bored) I recommend looking at this chart (which was linked to by xkcd as well) for a more detailed (and less colorful) portrayal of this issue. 

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