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Radiation levels in Thailand

Radiation levels in Thailand

After the Fukushima disaster in 2011, media and public were going crazy about the potential threat of radiation to the world. I was, admittedly part of that –  panicky, scared of the danger of invisible rays, speculating about health risks, almost having cancelled our trip to Japan in March 2012.

Buying a professional Geiger counter (Gamma Scout) may well have been an overreaction and the result of exaggerated mistrust of public accounts, but you know what, it tremendously helped to get radiation into perspective and most of all, to find out about radiation levels we were actually exposed to. I sure was very surprised about those radiation levels we measured all over Japan.

Here is another country we ‘inspected’. Pictures we took of the Geiger counter in Thailand.

What are typical radiation levels? Everything between 0.100-0.200 micro sievert/hour is just fine. I wrote about average radiation and where it comes from, which you can enjoy here.

14th April 2012. Bangkok,  Siam Station sky-train platform.

Geiger counter measurement/levels/values Thailand

 

9th June 2012. Koh Samui, Silver beach, Crystal Bay Resort.

Geiger counter measurement/level/value Thailand

 

14th June 2012. Koh Samui, Silver beach, Crystal Bay Resort. It’s the same hotel room, on our terrace. We were wondering, if the significantly (and constantly but not worryingly) elevated values of radiation on the outside, were related to the massive stones to the left of the terrace or simply the building materials.

Geiger counter measurement/level/value Thailand

 

The tiny building in the back is our hotel. See all the rocks and stones? Is that radioactive sandstone?

Koh_Samui_beach

 

27th June 2012. Koh Samui, Silver beach, Silver Beach Resort right next to Crystal Bay Resort, further away from the rocks (but not the reason we moved).

Geiger counter measurement/levels/values Thailand

 

Unfortunately the amount of work I got done on Koh Samui, did not correlate to pleasant radiation levels. The crystal clear water was just too much of a distraction. Tomek managed to resist sun-bathing temptation, keeping his (very early till very late) working hours. At least he got reimbursed with a nice view right onto the beach from our balcony office during work.

Koh_Samui_beach

 

11th August 2012. Just boarded the plane at Koh Samui airport (values before take off!).

Geiger counter measurement/levels/values Thailand

 

I am stressing the importance of ‘before’ in ‘before take off’ simply because what happens during a flight is disturbing. That’s an optimist speaking. No, not your snoring-drooling seat neighbour, back-seat kicking child or clumsy woman dropping her gin tonic on your lap (I am sooo sorry and I only did that once and it all landed on someone I know, that is Tomek) but… well, if you like to fly, you should know this.

 

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2 Comments

  1. We are planning to visit Thailand for scuba diving. Any way to test the water for radiation levels? Or, is that info avail anywhere before we go? Thanks in advance :)

    • I don’t think there is an easy way to do it! If you have a device similar to ours, you could close it in some water-proof container and check the radiation this way (still, this wouldn’t be a good test if you wanted to use that water for consumption)…

      That said – you should be worried about jelly fish, not radiation! ;)

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