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Traces of cesium-134, cesium-137 and ruthenium-103 have been found in Scandinavia. The discovery occurred a week ago, but there is no information about the source of the elevated radiation level. There is speculation in the scientific space that it may come from Russia. However, this country denies.

The first signs of radioactive material traces were given by the nuclear security services of Finland, Norway and Sweden, the BBC website writes.

On Friday, June 26, information about the above-normal level of isotopes in the atmosphere was also confirmed by the Organization for the Total Ban Nuclear Test Convention (CTBTO). Executive secretary Lassina Zerbo posted short information with a map on Twitter, revealing that the problem spanned virtually all of Scandinavia and the Baltic states.

The particles would appear in the skies above Scandinavia from June 22-23, Zerbo said.

According to the Netherlands Institute of Health and the Environment, the source of the increased radiation may have been a fuel leak due to a failure in one of the nuclear power plants in northern Russia.

This is indicated by mathematical models – underlined. However, the Institute declined to provide the exact location.

According to the statement made by Rosenergoatom on Sunday in the two nuclear power plants closest to the Scandinavian peninsula – the Leningrad nuclear power plant and located in the Murmansk oblast of the Kolsko nuclear power plant – “there was no leakage and both gyms work in the normal mode. ”

The statement emphasized that “no complaints or complaints regarding the operation of the equipment in either power plant have reached Rosenergoatom”.

Information on the release of isotopes of cesium-134, cesium-137 and ruthenium-103 into the atmosphere is of concern to the Baltic States.

The presence of traces of radioactive isotopes of cesium, cobalt and ruthenium over Estonia was confirmed on Friday by the nuclear safety department of the country’s health ministry.

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu met with the heads of diplomacy of Finland, Lithuania and Latvia on Sunday, according to Estonian newspaper Postimees.

The newspaper quoted the minister’s words: “Although the level of presence of these isotopes does not threaten human life, it is in the interest of our country and in the interest of international security to determine the dynamics of the phenomenon , which undoubtedly has its origin in human activity. “

A possible source of isotope emissions, according to the BBC, may be nuclear waste stored by Russia in the far north, including unused ships. Recently, attempts have been made to partially liquidate them, which may have caused a leak.


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