Four Infographics that Help Explain Radiation Exposure Four Infographics that Help Explain Radiation Exposure
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Four Infographics that Help Explain Radiation Exposure

by Peter Smith

April 13, 2011




David McCandless, of Information is Beautiful, created this chart, which, like all of his work, the data behind the chart is publicly available.


Randall Munroe, of XKCD, created this well-circulated logarithmic box chart that contains some useful explanatory text.


The charts help put the accident at Fukushima in context, but, as Anil Dash writes, it's important to distinguish between dose and dose rate. He emphasizes that "risk is a function of the accumulated internal dose."

It's also worth pointing out the shortcomings of the familiar benchmark—the "banana equivalent dose"—which tends to oversimplify the kind of radiation exposure.

Let us know in comments if you find any other compelling visualizations that help make the complex science behind nuclear radiation exposure more comprehensible.

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Four Infographics that Help Explain Radiation Exposure