Spike In Airborne Radioactivity Detected In Europe, Source Located In Southern Urals

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In late February, concerns about a potential nuclear "incident", reportedly in the vicinity of the Arctic circle, emerged when trace amounts of radioactive Iodine-131 of unknown origin were detected in January over large areas in Europe, according to a report by the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, the French national public expert in nuclear and radiological risks. And while Norway was the first to measure the radioactivity, France was the first to officially inform the public about it.

"Iodine-131 a radionuclide of anthropogenic origin, has recently been detected in tiny amounts in the ground-level atmosphere in Europe. The preliminary report states it was first found during week 2 of January 2017 in northern Norway. Iodine-131 was also detected in Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Spain, until the end of January", the IRSN wrote in a press release.

Ultimately, the radioactive I-131 faded away, and the incident was forgotten with the source of radioactivity never discovered, even as the US military's "Constant Phoenix" nuke sniffer plane was deployed in the vicinity.

Fast forward to today when French nuclear watchdog ISRN reported that another spike in airborne radioactivity has been detected in the air in Western and Central Europe: "Ruthenium-106 has been detected by several European networks involved in the monitoring of atmospheric radioactive contamination, at levels of a few milliBecquerels per cubic meter of air."

According to IRSN calculations, based on the concentration levels measured in several European countries and on the meteorological conditions of the last few days, the contaminated air could have been generated from southern regions of Ural or located close to those. "IRSN is continuing its investigations to try to confirm the origin of this atmospheric pollution."

Like in February, the very low levels of atmospheric contamination of ruthenium 106 observed to date by European monitoring networks have no environmental or health consequences. Nevertheless, IRSN maintains a watchful vigilance on this presence of ruthenium in the air.

One day prior, on Thursday Germany's Federal Office for Radiation Protection (FORP) said that elevated levels of the isotope Ruthenium-106 have been reported in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France since Sept. 29. The highest concentration was found in Vienna, at 42 millibequerel per cubic meter. FORP raised the alarm initially after five weather service stations detected traces of the particle.

According to the FORP, since only ruthenium-106 has been detected, a nuclear power plant accident can be excluded as the source.

Echoing the observations of IRSN, FORP spokesman Jan Henrik Lauer told The Associated Press the source of the Ruthenium-106 isn't known but calculations indicate it may have been released in eastern Europe.

Ruthenium-106 is a hard, silvery-white metal with a shiny surface. It is used for radiation therapy to treat eye tumors, and sometimes as a source of energy to power satellites.

So far the reason for its radioactive compound's presence, as well as the source, remains a mystery.

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HalinCA's picture

Jesuz ... what a useless post ...

El Vaquero's picture

373 day half life and it's a beta emitter.  It's radiation won't penetrate a whole lot.  

YourAverageJoe's picture

You don't want to inhale a particle of it though.

sickavme's picture

Sorry guys, was recharging the flux capacitor in the ol delorean...


Won't happen again, I swear...



spanish inquisition's picture

You really need to get the Mr Fusion upgrade kit.

Doom Porn Star's picture

Soooo 20teens..  Please come back to the future!

Tesla brand Musky Skittles are powered by the hubris and vanity of the driver.  

IH8OBAMA's picture

Just a surviving Chernobal scientist cutting a fart somewhere in Russia.

researchfix's picture

Or something from the blow up of the Ukie ammunition depot.

land_of_the_few's picture

Chernobyl is in Ukraine. Lucky us, huh. Could be in some dysfunctional country instead...

EddieLomax's picture

I wonder if its from an old nuclear test site?  The underground ones created a glass bubble, its got to break somepoint?

Otherwise, no idea.  I don't think we've located Dr Evils lair though.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Easy.  Re-entering spy satellite burned up in that area.

johand inmywallet's picture

If that was the case Hornyium 69 would have been present.

knukles's picture

Russians did it  trying to influence the 2016 eection. 

Bigly's picture

Wasn't there a similar haze a couple of years ago? I do not recall they ID'd that source either.

What's going on over there?

Tsipras the Great's picture

Yes, back then it was said to be some kind of radioactive medical lab or something in Hungary or so

bidaskspread's picture

Frozen truck of tuna caught off the coast of Japan.

Mtnrunnr's picture

I think the point is that someone is enriching radioactive material again. like the cold war, only this time no one is talking about it publically. This is how a real war happens. the world is gearing up

Uncoy's picture

Ukraine has repeatedly expressed desire to reacquire nuclear weapons. I could see Uncle Sam letting the Ukrainians create their own pocket bombs to use on Russia (and themselves, the two countries are neighbours). I could see the Ukrainians stupid enough to do this.

If this is the case, when Russia gets wind of the work, I expect V.V. Putin will shut down the lab/research facility by any means necessary. Without even publicly announcinng Russia knows about the project.

therealestg9's picture

Best modern day pickup line: "Hey girl are you from Russia? Because I think you're influencing my erection."

Milton Keynes's picture

That is the Single Best ZH Comment I have ever seen.


Did you come up with that or did you find it somewhere?

therealestg9's picture

I think I remember seeing it in some random Youtube comment from last December.

german Wunderkind's picture

well this only leads to specuations. belarus is a total shitwhole and they might leak, or the idiots in ukraine
leak. 15 years ago the answer would have been easy, a rotting nuclear sub in koenigsberg, but the russians dont have rotting nuclear subs there anymore.

equity_momo's picture

If you're short of contributors Tyler i'll make a few decent posts a week for a decent price.

The shit you are pumping out lately is a hybrid betwen The Onion and Wapo.    Wapion?

Thorny Xi's picture

Russia must face cut the pr budget.

BrownCoat's picture

@ equity_momo,

"If you're short of contributors"

ZH is not short on nuclear industry PR trolls.  ;-)

debtor of last resort's picture

Rutherium ico in 3, 2, 1

historian40's picture

Tymoshenko in Ukraine wants to nuke Russians.  Perfect stooge for the empire.

Beowulf55's picture


freedom1798's picture

Ru-106 has a half life of just over a year, so it will stick around.

Milton Keynes's picture

half life of 373 days.  So if you deployed people with ground level sniffers in vans maybe they could find it..


Problem is it's likely in Ukraine somewhere.

Kaeako's picture

Off-topic, but why was the Vegas shooting police scanner post almost instantly deleted? Seemed to be pretty interesting stuff, assuming it's not fake of course.

Bigly's picture

Occam's razor:  Because there is a massive cover up and desire to control the message. Why would this be? It (facts/reality) exposes something that blows back on some powers that be.  Exactly what, how, and other questions yet to be specifically proven. However, I am confident that, generically, this is why.

Some people are buying it. Many are not. Good.

CRC Failed's picture

How many links on Drudge on this? Two or three? Drudge ain't buying it either, but I'm sure he got told, "Drop the issue..."

Not sure it is a False Flag anymore...

A cover-up.

More and more.

They are interested in not your guns I wonder as much, or putting in x-ray machines everywhere as much, but in, mostly, preventing the Left from instigating Civil War...

Bad for their stock prices.

Gotta keep the profits coming in.


historian40's picture

Why did NASA say they taped over the moon landing footage?  Just saying.  If an excuse works, why not throw it out over and over?

Billy the Poet's picture

Just because you put in some late nights at the space center shouldn't mean you have to miss Rich Man, Poor Man.

BrownCoat's picture

"Why did NASA say they taped over the moon landing footage?"

Here is How It Should Have Happened: [youtube] /watch?v=kFAZoVGxqY4
 or search 'Secret Nasa - Real Footage!'  Start at 33 sec to 50 seconds. 




Ms No's picture

I have a scanner ap and was listening to it live.  I have also listened to some of the utube scanner and I have not noticed any inconsistencies yet.  I even took a few notes when it was live... yeah I know, I need a life.  I had just left there and I don't like murderous spookdom in my part of the world.

Puerto Banus NA's picture

The same reason we never saw any more footage of the rocket taking out twa 800

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

We have the same problem at various sites near the UN in Manhattan and Washington D.C. (http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-manhattan-nuke-russia-putin-2014-3)!

Take it from a psychopath Nigger in the know too. You always have to worry about an uptight Israeli Yid that isn't getting it's way before you worry about ANYONE ELSE!!!

Txpl9421's picture

They don't know where it's from?

Either author or the source is an idiot. All manmade radioactive materials have a signature like a fingerprint.

Russia, China, and Israel knew where it was from within minutes of detecting it. And I am giving them the benefit of the doubt that they were taking a shit when the alarm went off. And they washed their hands.

Some people will believe anything.

Ms No's picture

They had to get rid of the rest of the Fukushima shit somewhere.  Just a friendly gift. 

I think this is a good indication that we should start more arms races.  Just make everybody on the whole planet feel as if they better have a nuke or die.  Oh wait...

GreatUncle's picture

A whole bullshit play to try and make people feel angry.

Japan has been pissing nuclear waste into the Pacific since Fukoshima kicked off.

So is this shit more deadly than Japan losing nuclear cores or not?

They ain't built a new nuclear plant (reopening) they just built it upon the location of the found lost core. /S

johand inmywallet's picture

Someone's radioactive eye fell out in the Urals?!

Mazzy's picture

Article about an element called Ruthenium.

Green blurb's arrow on the map literally points to region historcially called Ruthenia.

Perhaps it's natural?


Milton Keynes's picture

Ruthenium 106 is a synthetic isotope.


"Ru is commercially obtained from neutron irradiated high enrichment 235U target in process of production 99Mo. After isolation of 99Mo radioisotope and decaying of 103Ru, ruthenium is separated from the wastes by multistep procedure. At present, there are only a handful of ageing reactors worldwide capable of producing the 99Mo, therefore alternative strategies for production of this key medical isotope are explored. In our work, we propose to use liquid high-level radioactive waste as a source of high activity of 106Ru."


Ruthenium 106 is produced by Cold Neutron bombardment of U-235, or maybe by extraction of waste fuel from reactors.  I suspect someone has been trying to make this work and vented some CS-131,  and later some Ruthenium.  I suspect this is a minor medical enterprise in the Urals doing a bad job not any nefarious conspiracy

Cluster_Frak's picture

North Korean kimchi gives farts.

Mr T's picture

Yay! They detected minute tiny minuscule amounts of toxic radiation. Nothing to worry about. The actual levels are way way below anything that could harm anybody.  Even itsy bitsy spiders?. Are they affected? Mosquitoes? Phytoplankton?

Something I remember about radiation bio accumulating .

The shittiest ponzi on the planet. We won't be around to see it lets hope the 3 eyed great great grankids like the new appendages

pizdowitz's picture

It's Oktoberfest across Deutschland, with all-attendant public puking. Hence the radiation stink. US intelligence sources confirm.