The Radiation Network is potentially global, and we now have a new Monitoring Station reporting from Australia, specifically located in the Sydney area. This station operates the high count rate, pancake-tubed Inspector Geiger Counter, which is logistically set up indoors for the time being. The station is near sea level, so its average reading seems high at 50 CPM (as of 5/21/12). The station operator suggests there is a lot of stone around which may be slightly radioactive, and he will be trying out different locations.
= Nuclear Site Alert Level = 3 consecutive minutes of lesser of 100 CPM or 2.5 times a Station's baseline
*Readings not Equalized means the Monitoring Stations are broadcasting the raw radiation count from their Geiger counters, without adjustment for different count rates existing between various Geiger counter designs. For instance, models built around a "Pancake" (see Map Legend) style of Geiger-Mueller tube typically have a 3 times count rate over Standard tubed models.
Note the multiple nuclear sites in Australia, including Lucas Heights Nuclear Power Plant just southwest of Sydney, and some thriving Uranium mining regions in South Australia and in the Darwin region of Northern Territory. The nation of Australia is one of the largest Uranium ore producers in the world.
Further west yet, among the vast stretches of barren plain, are two nuclear test sites, Emu Field and Buffalo Test Site, where above-ground atomic tests occurred in the 1950's. Like the US and the Soviet Union, atomic testing was conducted in Australia as well, in this case on behalf of the British. A third test site was located on the Monte Bello Islands off the west coast.
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