World The mystery of the radioactive mini-cloud over northern Europe

The mystery of the radioactive mini-cloud over northern Europe

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A radioactive mini-cloud would have recently hit Scandinavia and the states bordering the Baltic Sea. The sudden peak of radioactivity recently recorded in the Northern Europe, based on the first hypotheses, it would be linked to the malfunction of some nuclear power plant. The thesis of the human origin of the offending cloud, which fortunately would not be able to cause damage to health, was first promoted by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (Ctbto), an organization based in Vienna that monitors compliance, globally, the international treaty banning nuclear tests.

In detail, the intergovernmental organization, through its monitoring station located in Stockholm, found, between 22 and 23 June, a weak increase in radioactivity in an area that includes Finland, Sweden, Norway and, in general, the north coast of the Baltic Sea. To be precise, the mini-radioactive cloud would have affected more or less the southern third of Sweden, the northern tip of Denmark, the southern half of Finland, Estonia, Latvia and a portion of the north-western border territory of Russia , including the former tsarist capital of St. Petersburg. The mysterious high levels of radioactivity, most likely of human origin, would come precisely from the west of the Slavic giant.

In the air present in these Scandinavian and Baltic territories, according to the findings made by the experts of the Ctbto, there would be percentages of cesium 134, cesium 137 and ruthenium 103 isotopes, i.e. all substances generally released by nuclear fissions of civil origin.

The international organization itself, after having advanced the hypothesis of the human origin of the radioactive anomaly and having mentioned the possible origin of the latter from the west of Russia, has however specified that locating the exact source of the accident does not would fall within its institutional mandate.

To the suspicions about the human origin of the mini-cloud, the Moscow authorities immediately reacted by denying any responsibility for what happened, contextually ensuring that the nuclear power plants active in the Slavic giant would so far have always worked perfectly.

Rosenergoatom, a local company that manages several plants, therefore clarified that no accidents would have taken place in any of its plants located along the western borders of Russia.

For their part, the institutions of Sweden and Finland also ensured that their energy installations would not record radiation spills.

The absence of any responsibility from Moscow in the phenomenon reported by the Ctbto was clearly confirmed even by Dmitri Peskov, spokesman for President Putin, who closed the issue by thundering: “We have an absolutely advanced radiation level monitoring systemthere are no alarms of emergency”.

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