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Geiger counters sell out amid atomic angst

The Local · 16 Mar 2011, 10:13

Published: 16 Mar 2011 10:13 GMT+01:00

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“Germany is inclined to fear, especially nuclear fears,” daily Financial Times Deutschland wrote.

The phone line at the Society for Radiation Protection (GS) has been busy since last week's earthquake and subsequent tsunami destabilized the Fukushima nuclear plant some 250 kilometres from Tokyo, the paper said.

“Most want to know how what's happening Japan will affect Germany,” GS spokesman Florian Emrich said.

And though experts at the GS have advised callers against taking iodine pills or buying Geiger counters, the particle detectors that measure radiation have quickly disappeared from store shelves.

“I can't deliver, not a single item,” a spokeswoman for electronics manufacturer Conrad told the paper, adding that advance orders were already in the hundreds.

The company is working “under high pressure” to provide the devices, which cost between €300 and €500.

Georg Dieter Mirow, owner of Mannheim-based company Gamma Scout, a producer of Geiger counters for Conrad and other vendors, described an “assault-like order situation,” saying demand was some 20 times higher than usual.

Another Geiger counter manufacturer, Graetz Strahlungsmeßtechnik in Altena, confirmed the situation.

“Many with family in Japan want to bring a device with them,” sales representative Martina Pavlidis told the paper, adding that for a number of other buyers, the counters served as “psychological help.”

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Your comments about this article

10:53 March 16, 2011 by nish4u
no wonder ....this explains why politicians always play the fear card....
11:35 March 16, 2011 by catjones
Should sell BrainCell Counters.
13:52 March 16, 2011 by berfel
Scintillating.

Those THW people returning from their work in Japan will get greater radiation exposure during the long flights than what they did working in the region.

And the luckly few with Geiger counters will be able to exploit the gullible grocers and relieve them of their stock of bananas and nuts; possibly even for for a small handling and disposal fee.
14:28 March 16, 2011 by dcgi
Holy crap, sold out, I was going to say they don't come cheap.. and strangely enough I bet the idiots who've bought them freak out when they discover normal background radiation and think it's Japan's fault.

Seriously, I'm waiting for this story to break "False alarm when Bavarian farmer starts mass panic of Japanese nuclear contamination" :)
15:11 March 16, 2011 by Ludinwolf
sad story.

What is also sad is that everytime i read headlines here in this website,

it seems to be that 9 years of learning and speaking english has no taught me much. I can not get the funny words that always the local uses on its headlines.

i m accepting english and german classes in exchange for brazilian portuguese classes :)

God bless Japan.
22:56 March 16, 2011 by wxman
No wonder the world is in constant turmoil and we have despots controlling populations everywhere. The problem: People like this are allowed to vote.
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