View Full Version : Mystery Radiation Detected Across Europe

11-11-2011, 06:42 PM

The hunt is on for the source of low level radiation detected in the atmosphere "across Europe" over the past several days, nuclear officials said today.

Trace amounts of iodine-131, a type of radiation created during the operation of nuclear reactors or in the detonation of a nuclear weapon, were detected by the Czech Republic's State Office for Nuclear Safety starting two weeks ago. After the group reported its findings to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Agency released a statement today revealing similar detections had been made "in other locations across Europe."

The IAEA said it does not believe the radiation was left over from the nuclear disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant in March and the Czech Republic's State Office for Nuclear Safety could only say the source was "likely outside the territory of the [Czech] Republic."

According to the EPA, iodine-131 can get into the environment after leaking from cracked fuel rods in nuclear plants and, when ingested in higher doses, can lead to thyroid problems. This particular type of radiation is relatively short-lived, with an estimated half-life of about eight days.

11-12-2011, 01:14 PM
Well then it shouldn't be too hard to find the source. With a half-life of 8 days they should be able to determine the current strength, look at the time frame of release and then identify wind directions and get a general idea of where it is coming from.

With minimal effort I found a jetstream map that shows the current jetstream over Europe is a combination of two jetstreams, one coming out of northern Russia, the other from the Norway/Sweden area.

11-12-2011, 04:35 PM
Weird, I was watching NCIS last night, and the show was pretty much this exact same thing,