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

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.


Uncoy Mtnrunnr Sun, 10/08/2017 - 09:38 Permalink

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.

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equity_momo Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:06 Permalink

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?

Kaeako Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:10 Permalink

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 Kaeako Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:17 Permalink

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.

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CRC Failed Bigly Fri, 10/06/2017 - 20:04 Permalink

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. 

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Ms No Kaeako Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:20 Permalink

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.

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Txpl9421 Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:16 Permalink

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 Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:17 Permalink

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 Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:29 Permalink

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

Mazzy Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:36 Permalink

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 Mazzy Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:30 Permalink

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

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Mr T Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:36 Permalink

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