The recent detection of slightly elevated levels of radioisotopes in northern Europe is likely related to a nuclear reactor that is either operating or undergoing maintenance, when very low radioactive releases can occur, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today. The geographical origin of the release has not yet been determined.
IAEA 2nd July 2020 read more »
A crescendo of official notifications pointing to an anomalous radioactive release across Northern Europe may have precipitated a relatively rapid investigation into the matter by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). These notifications climaxed last Friday with Dutch health officials releasing an analysis of elevated readings from four countries and the head of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) tweeting a finding from one of its Swedish monitoring stations. The following day, Jun. 27, IAEA emergency responders issued a letter to member states requesting further information.
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A recent nuclear leak may be related to new nuclear-powered strategic weapons Russia is developing. These are part of a range of new ‘super weapons’ unveiled by President Putin on March 1, 2018. Russia is testing a nuclear-powered mega-torpedo called Poseidon and a nuclear-powered cruise missile called Burevestnik. If either are to blame, then it would not be the first radiation spike caused by testing one of these weapons.
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