- ANALYSIS: European radiation safety agencies detect traces of iodine-131 in air, source of leak unknown
Radiation safety agencies in the Czech Republic, Austria, Sweden, and other European countries report traces of iodine-131 in the atmosphere – an indication of either a radiation leak or a severe accident at a nuclear facility. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) asserts no risk to population health, but the lack of reliable data on specific concentrations or locations where the radionuclide was detected suggests safety might be a concern. Andrei Ozharovsky, 17/11-2011 - Translated by Maria Kaminskaya
Radioactive iodine found over the Czech Republic
On November 11, the IAEA issued a press release stating that “low levels” of radioactive iodine-131 – an artificial radionuclide produced as a result of nuclear fission – was detected in the atmosphere above the Czech Republic and other European countries. “The IAEA has received information from the State Office for Nuclear Safety of the Czech Republic that very low levels of iodine-131 have been measured in the atmosphere over the Czech Republic in recent days. The IAEA has learned about similar measurements in other locations across Europe,” the press release said.
above article is a very good summary of the recent events.
Just in: Hungary isotope lab likely radioactive source-IAEA (which is a bunch of bullbiscuits. IAEA jumped at Hungary's report, although they clarify more than eloquently that they can not be the source of the detected emissions in question).
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