Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Demand for Personal Geiger Counters Soar, May 25 2011

Chiaki Kawase
With a nuclear plant just 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo still leaking radiation, demand for personal Geiger counters has skyrocketed in the Japanese capital and manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the demand.

Engineers are battling to plug radiation leaks and bring the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant under control more than two months after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and deadly tsunami that devastated a swathe of Japan’s coastline.

With many people unsure of who to trust for their information, some buy Geiger counters to check for themselves.

In Akihabara, Tokyo’s electronics mecca, many stores have sold out and are unable to keep up with demand for the devices.

“Nobody even looked at or even knew the name (of the Geiger counter), but ever since the earthquake struck people have become very interested,” said Makoto Ogasawara, sales manager at electronics store Akibaoo.

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