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    Riddle of the radiation sweeping across Europe

    UN nuclear agency mystified by soaring levels
    IAEA say Fukushima blast not to blame
    No increase reported in U.K despite changes in Europe
    By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Last updated at 5:52 PM on 12th November 2011


    Very low levels of radioactive iodine-131 have been detected throughout Europe, but the particles are not believed to pose a public health risk, the U.N.nuclear agency said on Friday.
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    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Vienna-based U.N. watchdog, said it did not believe the radioactive particles were from Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant after its emergency in March.
    Professor Malcolm Sperrin, director of medical physics at Britain's Royal Berkshire Hospital, said any link with Fukushima was extremely unlikely.

    'It is far more likely that the iodine may be as a result of excretion by patients undergoing medical treatment.
    'Whilst such patients are carefully controlled, some release of iodine into the environment may be inevitable but would certainly be well below any limits where health detriment would even begin to be an issue for concern," he said.


    The Czech Republic's nuclear security watchdog said it had tipped off the IAEA after detecting the radiation it thought was coming from abroad but not from a nuclear power plant. It suggested it may come from production of radiopharmaceuticals.
    Germany's Environment Ministry said slightly higher levels of radioactive iodine had been measured in the north of the country, ruling out that it came from a nuclear power plant.
    Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Sweden also reported traces at very low levels that did not pose a health risk.
    Experts said the origin of the radiation - which has been spreading for about two weeks - remained a mystery but could come from many possible sources ranging from medical laboratories or hospitals to nuclear submarines.
    Iodine-131, linked to cancer if found in high doses, can contaminate products such as milk and vegetables.
    Paddy Regan, a professor of nuclear physics at Britain's University of Surrey, said the suggestion that it may have leaked from a radiopharmaceuticals maker 'sounds very sensible and totally reasonable.'
    He said since iodine was used in the treatment of thyroid conditions it was also likely that hospitals in many European countries would have it in their stores.
    'It would be very unlikely for it to have come from Fukushima since the accident was so many months ago and iodine-131 has a brief half-life,' he said.
    Iodine-131 is a short-lived radioisotope that has a radioactive decay half-life of about eight days, the IAEA said.
    Massimo Sepielli, head of the nuclear fission unit of Italy's national alternative energy body ENEA said any number of sources could be to blame for the readings.
    'It could be coming from the transporting of (nuclear) material, it could come from a hospital ... it could even come from a nuclear submarine, even if it's a more complicated possibility ... but you can't rule that out.'
    Officials in Spain, Russia, Ukraine, Finland, France, Britain, Switzerland, Poland and Norway said they had not detected any abnormal radiation levels. Romania's watchdog said there had been no incident at the country's sole nuclear plant.
    Austria's Environment Ministry said small levels were measured in the east and north of the Alpine country, saying the estimated dose level for the population was one 40,000th of the dose of radiation received in a transatlantic flight.
    In the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986, an earthquake followed by a massive tsunami overwhelmed the Fukushima plant in Japan, causing a reactor meltdown and leakage of radiation, including of iodine.
    In the days and weeks after the accident, tiny amounts of iodine-131 believed to have come from Fukushima were detected as far away as Iceland and other parts of Europe, as well as in the United States.


    Read more: Radiation in Europe: UN nuclear agency mystified by soaring levels | Mail Online

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    So to summarize the radiation might be coming from outer space, it might be leaking from a submarine or factory, or it might be oozing out of someone's arse.

    Where do we get these experts from.
    Ah....Professor Malcolm Sperrin....is that you Withnailstoke ?

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    Wow, what a mystery.


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    someone ploughed a field in chernobyl.

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    So that's what they are telling folks, is it!

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    Japanese planes? Japanese fuel in the planes. Japanese parts from Fuchushima? Leaking nuclear materials being whisked away from secret locations in Europe by 'invisible' CIA planes? What about that strange proton reactor they were building there in France or Switzerland? Time delay on the real reaction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hampsha
    What about that strange proton reactor they were building there in France or Switzerland? Time delay on the real reaction?
    You mean the ITER fusion experimental reactor? Not yet finished. But the price tag has alredy risen from 5 Billion Euro(or was that Dollar?) to 15.

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    I blame the LHC

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    ^ Na, almost certainly protestants!

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    I copped a dose of radioactive iodine in Qld Oz in the early '70s. as a result of the French nuclear testing at Mururoa Attoll, Pacifica, so did everyone on the east/n. east coast of Oz.
    It got into the pasture then into the cows, through to the milk supply and so it went.

    It affects the thyroid, causing swelling and slight, sensitive pain.
    Masage of the throat coupled with a tiny intake of sea salt has seen my sympoms slowly reduce.

    I suppose now, that maybe, I'm a walking nuclear deterrent, a real "smart bomb", able to self propel and select targets for nuclear fallout.

    All I've got to do is to walk into a crowded place and fart.

    The fallabout could be dramatic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT View Post

    It affects the goiter, causing swelling and slight, sensitive pain.


    I suppose now, that maybe, I'm a walking nuclear deterrent, a real "smart bomb"
    Actually, I believe it affects the thyroid, causing goitre.........though in your case it may have affected elsewhere.

    On the contrary, Ent.....you are a real "stupid bomb".

    After that effort, I presume you will no longer criticize other peoples' spelling and punctuation ?
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    ^ Correct, the thyroid.

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