Russia Confirms Toxic Cloud Of "Extremely High" Radiation; Source Remains A Mystery

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One month after a mysterious radiation cloud was observed over Europe, whose source remained unknown last week speculation emerged that it may have been the result of a "nuclear accident" in Russia or Kazakhstan, on Tuesday Russian authorities on Tuesday confirmed the previous reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains. In a statement, the Russian Meteorological Service said that it recorded the release of Ruthenium-106 in the southern Urals in late September and classified it as "extremely high contamination."

Earlier this month, France's nuclear safety agency earlier this month said that it recorded a spike in radioactivity, and said that "the most plausible zone of release" of this radioactive material "lies between the Volga and the Urals" from a suspected accident involving nuclear fuel or the production of radioactive material. The agency noted, however, that it is impossible to determine the exact point of release given the available data. Luckily, it said the release of the isotope Ruthenium-106 posed no health or environmental risks to European countries.

France’s Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety published this graphic
to show radiation levels.

At the time, Russia's state-controlled Rosatom corporation - the same company implicated in the Uranium One scandal - said in a statement that there had been no radiation leak from its facilities. That changed when the Russian meteorological service (Rosgidromet) reported that it had detected record levels of radiation in the villages located in Russia's Ural region adjacent to Rosatom's Mayak plant for spent nuclear fuel. Some calculated that the radiation exposure levels were up to 1,000x higher than the normal rate. 

Mayak, located in the Chelyabinsk region, issued a statement on Tuesday denying it was the source of contamination. The plant said it has not conducted any work on extracting Ruthenium-106 from spent nuclear fuel "for several years." Full statement below:

“The contamination of the atmosphere with ruthenium-106 isotope registered by Rosgidromet is not linked to the activity of Mayak. The measurements which Rosgidromet has released suggest that the dose people might have received is 20,000 times less than the allowed annual dose and presents no threat at all to health.”

Quoted by Sputnik, the Rosatom represtative stated that there were "no incidents or accidents at nuclear facilities in Russia". 

The Mayak nuclear processing plant, located in the Urals, has also come out with a statement saying that "atmospheric pollution with ruthenium-106 that was found by Rosgidromet is not connected to the work of Mayak," since the work on the separation of ruthenium-106 from spent nuclear fuel (and the production of ionizing radiation sources on its basis) has not been carried out for many years at the facility.

Earlier, Rosgidromet confirmed that the the monitoring systems have detected an increase in the concentration of ruthenium over several parts of Russia. However, according to the press release, the concetration does not exceed the maximum permissible concetrations. The head of Rosgidromet, however, said that the automatic monitoring system detected an increase in the concentration of Ru-106 not only in Russia, but also in neighboring countries such as Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine. According to him, the concentration in Romania was 1.5-2 times higher than the concentration in Russia.

The exact source of the spike, however, remains a mystery, though IRSN suggested that the cause might be an accident.

Mayak has been responsible for at least two of Russia's biggest radioactive accidents. In 2004 it was confirmed that waste was being dumped in the local river. Nuclear regulators say that no longer happens, but anti-nuclear activists say it's impossible to tell given the level of state secrecy. Also on Tuesday, Greenpeace said that it would petition the Russian Prosecutor General's office to investigate "a possible concealment of a radiation accident" and check whether public health was sufficiently protected.

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This is it's picture

So... Fukushima doesn't matter? 

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Afterglow of Arianna and Franken ... OT but that was in the NY Post this morn, why isn't being blabbed everywhere?

IH8OBAMA's picture

Nothing to worry about.

It's just Putin and a Chernobyl bear in a pissing contest.

 

land_of_the_few's picture

Not Chernobyl, it's in Ukraine near Kiev, hilariously. This source seems to be far to the east of that.

Killtruck's picture

It's probably fine, except THOSE DAMN RUSSIANS ARE POISONIING THE PLANET AND WILL KILL US ALL

nevermind the fuckin Japs killing an entire ocean. 

Got The Wrong No's picture

The Pacific Ocean just farted. 

yomutti2's picture

No one fucking cares about Russia. I will never understand why ZH continues to treat Russia like it's significant.

 

Mtnrunnr's picture

Lol. Yeees. Uhm, uhwee havf no ideea from vhere des claud origins. Bull shit.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

Your avatar says YOU care, fuckwit.

Are you actually good for anything besides upvoting yourself? Worst.troll.ever.

Bavarian's picture

So that's why he always has only one upvote.  Makes perfect sense. 

I'm starting to think he was denied a Russian VISA or was dumped by a Russian.  He object so loudly to anything Russia related.  Last I checked, Tyler includes damn near every nation here.  Zimbabwe, Qatar, SA...everyone. 

I'm still waiting for a thoughtful post from him...

CheapBastard's picture

Did GE build this plant also?

two hoots's picture

Russians will be blamed for this too?

1 Alabama's picture

well he is a gvt man so that could explain why he's the worst.

divingengineer's picture

worst.troll.ever

You’re just spoiled on MDB and Fonestar.

The Ram's picture

The point here really is not about Russia, it's about radiation.  If this was about releasing lavender essence, the article would not have been written.

The Wizard's picture

The reason Russia is significant is because they have numerous scientific minds, as do the Germans, many of them moved here under Operation Paperclip, to destroy the planet. On the other hand their minds could be used to develop technology providing more freedom to the people of the planet freeing them from Bolshevik slavery.

divingengineer's picture

Oh fuck my ass, now you’re talking some crazy shit.
Freedom....pffft!

pc_babe's picture

according to shedlock ... you'd be wrong

Not Too Important's picture

The original maps I saw showed the epicenter over a shut-down NPP in France.

Either way, all that radiation is being breathed in by everyone, and what they don't breath in falls on the crops and animal farms.

Europe is also catching the Fukushima radiation that didn't fall in the Pacific, North America or the Atlantic, plus the radiation from the UK and French nuclear emissions from broken NPP's.

I'll bet no one told all those immigrants they were being herded into Europe to die a painful creeping death. Wait until they find out...

Dukes's picture

Some sort of disruption (earthquake?) at Lake Karachay?

Erek's picture

Did FukYouShima melt through to Russia?

Stuck on Zero's picture

Radioactive chemtrails?

fulliautomatix's picture

Bright lights in the sky - sateilites going down?

CPL's picture

Yes, it's called fracking on a minor fault that tied back to the entire water table.  When fracking a shale bed what isn't mentioned is Uranium is nearly always nested with the shale bed.  The water they steam into the holes both steams the shale bed and the uranium deposits.  Then people atomize carbon radioactive waste in their cars, trucks, homes, businesses, etc  However when fracking on a minor fault lines that are attached to the ground water source plus ignoring the uranium beds, the radioactivity bleeds into entire water table.  As result they've been drinking radioactive waste for a while now.

In a nutshell you are watching the end of Russia and this is not something they recover from ever.

Gert_B_Frobe's picture

See, the Ruskies are sending some of our uranium back to us. 

CaptainObvious's picture

It's Hitlery's revenge for not letting her ascend to her throne.  IT WUZ HUR TURN!

Erek's picture

I'll bet she "ascends her throne" at least twice every day - even more so after a Mexican Plate Special.

consider me gone's picture

With a crown and sceptre. And a cell phone.

zorba THE GREEK's picture

She just wears giant Depends that she changes once a week. That is why she always wears bulky pantsuits, to hide the evidence.

zorba THE GREEK's picture

She just wears giant Depends that she changes once a week. That is why she always wears bulky pantsuits, to hide the evidence.

Azannoth's picture

Nothing ever happened at Fukushima - I already can read the scrubbed history books on this one

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Funny how many bad things happen in places where Israeli security outfits work, no?

http://americanfreepress.net/japanese-journalist-accuses-israel-of-fukus...

http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=74277

;0)

fwiw I think this theory is weaksauce... a kind of poisoning the well to make it seem like other hypotheses, eg Israeli involvement/planning of the 9/11 op, must also be as far fetched.

Even so... why would JAPAN need Israeli security cameras or any other tech in its nuclear plants?

Not Too Important's picture

Shimatsu is a pretty credible source. He's been on the Fukushima trail since Day 1, and hasn't been exposed for being wrong yet.

Even if Israel did blow up Fukushima, they only accelerated what will be happening with every other NPP in the future. They'll all blow to atmosphere within the next 100 years, wiping out hundreds of millions of years of life on this planet.

Don't blame it on the Jews, if someone did blow up Fukushima on purpose it would have been Satanists. They really are hell-bent on destroying all life on this planet, and all the NPP's are just Satanic timebombs waiting to go off. They knew what they were building before the first concrete was poured.

Diatom's picture

This story should be followed...

6 months to the World Cup...

Let's see Western Media coverage of this...

Normalcy Bias's picture

They've been sweeping the never ending Fukushima radiation releases under the rug since the beginning, simply because Japan is a close ally.

That and the fact that there's no quick and easy solution for Fukushima, it looks open ended.

 

VWAndy's picture

 Bullshit! They know where its comming from. They have equipment for that that cannot be fooled.

BandGap's picture

No shit. Take two planes with detectors and fly grid patterns. Look at the gradients and follow the increasing radioactivity (specified, so the sensors can be fine tuned) back to the source.

They know where this shit is coming from. Like farting on an elevator, you can eventually figure out who cut the cheese.

Urban Roman's picture

... all of which is probably not needed because (I am guessing) they already have the reports from Rosatom, but are not willing to share them. They know where it's coming from.

TheMexican's picture

I see your keen on smelling assholes. Good for you mate!

Not Too Important's picture

They also have satellites for this purpose. It's not rocket science, they just don't want to tell us the truth.

ssgredux's picture

Fuckashima part deux?

TBT or not TBT's picture

Another glowing report.  

lester1's picture

Probably from that top secret TR3B aircraft.

djsmps's picture


Health effects of ruthenium

Ruthenium compounds are encountered relatively rarely by most people. All ruthenium compounds should be regarded as highly toxic and as carcinogenic. Compounds of ruthenium stain the skin very strongly. It seems that ingested ruthenium is retained strongly in bones. Ruthenium oxide, RuO4, is highly toxic and volatile, and to be avoided.

Rhutenium 106 is one of the radionuclides involved in atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons, which began in 1945, with a US test, and ended in 1980 with a Chinese test. It is among the long-lived radionuclides that have produced and will continue to produce increased cancers risk for decades and centuries to come.

Read more: https://www.lenntech.com/periodic/elements/ru.htm#Health%20effects%20of%20ruthenium#ixzz4z5GGiiRs
cheech_wizard's picture

>It is among the long-lived radionuclides

A simple google search would basically tell you the author is full of shit...

 

Ru106 has a half-life of 373.59 days.

Compared to some of the other nastiness when an atom is split. Ru106 hardly even qualifies.

Ru-106 decays by beta emission with decay energy (.039MeV) to Rh-106.

Beta particles can be blocked by a sheet of aluminum.

Standard Disclaimer: But Russia! Ruthenium was discovered in 1827 in an impure form by Gottfried W. Osann in residues of crude platinum ores. Karl Klauss isolated the metal in 1844 from the impure oxide. The element's name comes from the Latin word 'Ruthenia', meaning Russia after Osann's homeland.

Urban Roman's picture

Ru-106 decays by beta emission with decay energy (.039MeV) to Rh-106.

It then undergoes another beta decay to give Pd-106. After about an hour, so it's like at the same time.

But yeah, all this excitement is really over a few atoms of the stuff. You'll never notice it over the K-40 in your body, giving off 1.3 Mev beta and gamma, and more than a few atoms of it...

The only reason it's newsworthy is that somewhere in Russia, someone spilled som fission products.