Japan Radiation Levels – What do they Mean?

According to this morning’s reports, Tokyo officials say they detected 0.8 of a micro-sievert of radiation in the morning, which is about 27 times what’s considered normal. A chest X-ray typically involves a dose of 20 micro-sieverts. In contrast, radiation readings in Kitaibaraki city, about 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of the Fukushima nuclear plant was at 821 nanosieverts per hour as of 3 p.m. Tokyo time.

For those of us that are not familiar with radiation levels and what they mean in terms of exposure, here is a very useful diagram that Boris shared with me this morning.

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Kathy Lien is an Internationally Published Author and Chief Strategist of DailyFX.com, one of the world’s most popular online websites for currency research. Her trading books include the highly acclaimed, Day Trading the Currency Market: Technical and Fundamental Strategies to Profit form Market Swings (2005, Wiley); High Probability Trading Setups for the Currency Market E-Book (2006, Investopedia); and Millionaire Traders: How Everyday People Are Beating Wall Street at Its Own Game (2007, Wiley). As Chief Currency Strategist at FXCM, Kathy is responsible for providing research and analysis for DailyFX, the research arm of FXCM. She also co-edits the BK Forex Advisor, an Investopedia.com Premium Service with Boris Schlossberg – one of the few investment advisory letters focusing strictly on the 2 Trillion/day FX market.

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