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Slight increase in radioactivity of human origin noted in Northern Europe

STOCKHOLM ( / hooly News) – In recent days, Finland, Sweden and Norway have noted unusual low levels of human radioactivity, a harmless increase for humans who, according to a Dutch institute, find their source in or at west of Russia.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, whose stations also measure increases in civilian radioactivity, published a map on Twitter showing the area of ​​probable source of the source, according to its measurements.

The sector roughly covers the southern third of Sweden, the southern half of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, as well as a large area surrounding the northwestern border of Russia, including St. Petersburg.

These isotopes (cesium 137, cesium 134 and rutenium 103, in particular) “are very probably of civil origin. We are able to indicate the probable region of the source, but it is not part of the mandate of CTBTO (English acronym of the organization, note) to determine the exact origin “, commented on Twitter Lassina Zerbo, the secretary general of the international organization based in Vienna.

Russian nuclear power producer Rosenergoatom has denied any incident in the two power plants it operates in this sector.

“No anomalies have been recorded at the Leningradskaya and Kolskaya nuclear power plants,” a spokesperson for the Russian agencies said. The emissions “did not exceed the control values ​​for the period indicated” and “there have been no incidents linked to the release of radionuclides above the established levels”, he continued.

According to calculations by the Dutch Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), “the radionuclides come from the direction of western Russia” even if the measurements do not allow a more precise location to be identified.

The nuclides identified are very artificial and therefore of human origin. And their composition “may indicate damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant,” said the Dutch authority in a statement.

In addition to Russia, Finland and Sweden operate nuclear reactors in the area, but no incidents have been reported. The Baltic States do not have an active reactor, Lithuania having closed its only nuclear power plant of Soviet origin as part of its entry into the European Union.

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