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Nuclear woes and rise of crowdsourced radiation maps

US: Post devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis posed by Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, concerned citizens around the globe are searching for ways to keep themselves informed and aware in case of a pending crisis. Hence, they have created several crowd-sourced radiation maps. These maps show threat level in the areas most likely to be affected by a catastrophe: Japan, Asia and the US. An article published in Singularity Hub has provided an insight about those maps.

According to the article, one of the best of the new radiation maps was developed by Portland’s Uncorked Studios. In only 72 hours they created RDTN.org, an online display of up to date radiation levels across Japan and neighbouring regions. Their information was gathered from volunteer and official sources and embedded onto an adapted Google Map. Another map of radiation levels was created by South Korean firm ISELSoft using their STUBBY web bots. The Stubby map compiles data from the web, gathering readings from various monitors across Japan, Korea, and Central Asia. It also colour codes the data to reflect hazard levels.

Along with maps detailing Japan, there are also a few looking elsewhere on the globe. A radiation network map, created by Mineralab, shows radiation levels reported from individual monitors across the US. It also marked the location of nuclear facilities. The map is updated every minute.

Source: singularityhub.com