Low levels of radioactive particles in Europe: IAEA, Reuters, Nov. 11, 2011:
“Germany’s Environment Ministry said slightly higher levels of radioactive iodine had been measured in the north of the country” [...]
“Slovakia [... and] Sweden also reported traces [in addition to Austria, Czech Republic, and Hungary]”
Professor Malcolm Sperrin, director of medical physics at Britain’s Royal Berkshire Hospital, .
- Sperrin “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…”
Czech State Office for Nuclear Safety chief Dana Drabova:
- “It was detected by our radiation monitoring network, with probability bordering on certainty the source is abroad. It is iodine-131 and we have asked the IAEA if they know what the source could be.”
Paddy Regan, a professor of nuclear physics at Britain’s University of Surrey:
- Regan says the suggestion that the iodine may have leaked from a radiopharmaceuticals maker “sounds very sensible and totally reasonable.”
- “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.”
- Iodine-131 now detected in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary... other countries -- An indicator of nuclear chain reaction -- 10 days after criticality talk at Fukushima
- Hungarian gov't radiation expert: Iodine-131 detected in Budapest, but it's OK because "this is far below the levels found after Fukushima"
Published: November 11th, 2011 at 12:56 pm ET