International atomic agency reports unusual radiation concentrations in Europe

November 11, 2011VIENNA  The U.N. nuclear agency is reporting “very low” — but higher than usual — levels of radiation in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe. The International Atomic Energy Agency says the “very low levels of iodine-131 have been measured in the atmosphere over the Czech Republic” and elsewhere on the continent. Its statement on Friday said the current levels do not seem to pose a public health risk. IAEA says the cause is not known, but it is not the result of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which spread radiation across the globe in March. The agency says the radioisotope will lose much of its radiation in about eight days and that the agency is investigating. –Yahoo News
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16 Responses to International atomic agency reports unusual radiation concentrations in Europe

  1. lifecovenant says:

    I would imagine they would be able to determine where this particular iodine-131 is coming from. In 2011 there were a lot of assorted nuclear plant incidents around the Earth.
    Does anyone have a hypothesis?
    Tim

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    • nickk0 says:

      Take a look at the ‘prevailing winds’ over the Czech Republic, and trace downwind…… That would be a ‘starting point’.

      – Nick

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  2. kristoffer94 says:

    Can you find about if it is radiation in Norway?

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  3. The first thought I had was that someone is hiding something nuclear (perhaps weapons) in the area, but since I’m not that knowledgeable on the subject, I’m not sure how feasible that idea is. Or maybe I’m just the conspiracy theorist that everyone says I am. 🙂

    Maranatha

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  4. Elina says:

    The prevailing winds seem to be coming from southeast. The article in Expressen say that there have been reports of (low) radiation in Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. So it’s probably Hungary or the Czech Republic.

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  5. Tim says:

    A very intriguing hypothesis for the higher than usual radiation levels in the Czech Republic and around Europe. The author says it’s a “consequence of the interaction of Coronal Mass Ejections with Fukushima Fallout.”
    http://pissinontheroses.blogspot.com/2011/11/european-radioactive-iodine-spallation.html

    Follow that information with this report – “The Sun is changing the rate of radioactive decay, and breaking the rules of chemistry. …..and we have absolutely no idea why.”
    http://io9.com/5619954/the-sun-is-changing-the-rate-of-radioactive-decay-and-breaking-the-rules-of-chemistry

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  6. luisport says:

    Nuclear energy campaigners concerned about elevated readings in Akw Gundremmingen

    Berlin / Gundremmingen (DAPD-bwb). In the Swabian Gundremmingen nuclear power plant is critical, according to the atom IPPNW Medical Association has been measured a serious leakage of high radioactivity

    At the beginning of the year review in September had the emission values “suddenly in an extreme way” increased, the organization said on Friday in Berlin. The concentration of radioactive noble gases have at times reached “maximum in the 500-times the normal value.”

    So far, the corresponding measured values for IPPNW information from the regulatory authorities and nuclear operators were only over a longer period than in middle-published values. Here, the emission peaks are sometimes questionable remained hidden. Therefore, the association now called “unaveraged values of all radioactive half-hour duty” of all kilns in Germany. http://www.boulevard-baden.de/ueberregionales/baden-wuerttemberg/2011/11/11/atomkraft-gegner-besorgt-uber-erhohte-messwerte-im-akw-gundremmingen-444658/

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  7. Tim says:

    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Operations Center
    Event Notification Report for November 17, 2011
    http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/en.html#en47452

    The reactor went critical during the startup of Unit 2. The reason there was a coolant leak was because “the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) head was not fully tensioned”

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  8. c/o Luisport

    17 November 2011 | The IAEA has received information from the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA) that the source of the iodine-131 (I-131) detected in Europe was most probably a release to the atmosphere from the Institute of Isotopes Ltd., Budapest. The Institute of Isotopes Ltd. produces radioisotopes for healthcare, research and industrial applications. According to the HAEA, the release occurred from September 8 to November 16, 2011. The cause of the release is under investigation.
    http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/2011/prn201127.html

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