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A radiation cloud has descended on Europe and Russia: no country has claimed any responsibility

A radiation cloud has descended on Europe and Russia

In June, a radiation excess was recorded in several countries of northern Europe. The experts called it mysterious, since not a single country in the world has yet taken responsibility for what happened. The surge of radiation was not significant to cause serious harm to humanity. It was not even immediately recorded by the radiation monitoring stations. But at the beginning of last week, the experts curled about the new readings of particles of radionuclides created by man in the atmosphere.

A report from the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority states that there was a change in substances such as cesium-134, cesium-137, cobalt-60 and ruthenium-103 in atmospheric air. The same observations were made by the radiation protection experts in Finland, Denmark and Norway.


According to Lassina Zerbo, who is an Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, a map with a possible source of radiation will be compiled in the current allotment. It is already known that part of the radiation background of increased activity is located over Russia, as well as over Denmark, Norway, and Finland.

The experts believe that isotopes can come from a civilian source, for example, the situation may be related to the production of the nuclear energy. But it has nothing to do with the production of nuclear weapons.

The researchers from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said that according to an analysis of the available data, the combination of radionuclides could be explained by an anomaly in the fuel cells of a nuclear power plant.


Some of the radioactive particles entered the sky above northern Europe from Russia, but the experts do not claim that the radiation spreading cloud has a source in Russian territories. Some media sources already claim that Russia is to blame for the emergency, but the foreign experts say that it is not worth making hasty conclusions.

The representatives of Rosatom gave their comments, saying that the two nuclear power plants operating in this region did not exceed the benchmarks.