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Note: This discovery is part of an investigation into major radiological disturbances that seemed to have become more pronounced in 2015 and have moved into new territory in 2016. Click ‘Home‘ and scroll down for latest. Or see my Nuclear Blog Posts Archive for a chronological listing of nuclear-topic-only posts in chronological order. Further investigation showed this major uptick in a recent fission product fits into a very widespread pattern of radiological disturbances as far away as Alaska, suggesting it came from across the Pacific Ocean…
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This detection deserves an all hand on deck. It just happened within less than 24 hours (on April 26, 2016) ago. WHERE is this coming from!?!??
The sampling location, Seehausen, Deutschland (see map, below) is over 100 km from the nearest nuclear plant. The wind was blowing in from the south, curving towards the monitor from the southwest, so the distance to the nearest Nuclear Powe Plant (NPP) upwind would be at the very least 200 km. Wind maps below. Please leave a comment if there’s something in the news about this.
The data was posted on the European Comission’s public Data Exchange Platform, EURDEP, accessible via Online Radiation Monitors –> EURDEP –> DISCLAIMER @ http://eurdepweb.jrc.ec.europa.eu/EurdepMap/Disclaimer.aspx and was ‘VALIDATED’: a whopping 1.25E-02 Bq/m^3 Te-132 (!!!)
That may not be much as far as the dose you’would receive walking around in a cloud of that, but its significance is not its immediate danger.
!!!-> Its significance is twofold: 1) It’s likely mixed with a variety of other radioisotopes not tested for at that location, and 2) Tellurium-132’s is a major short-lived FISSION PRODUCT, with a half-life of only 3.2 days, making it a tell-tale sign of a leaking ACTIVE reactor.
!-> Magnitude of detection over 100x larger than after Fukushima !
I doubt this came from outside the European region. Here’s why: It isn’t tested for much to begin with, but where they test for it, a validated actual measurement of Te-132 in outside air is extremely rare. Last time Tellurium-132 was detected (that I know of, may need to comb through 5 years of data to get more certainty on that one) was in the 2 months after the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident in March and April 2011. The first (published / public) detection, for Europe back then, was registered in Rejkiavik, Iceland, and then others measurements with validated detections followed at various monitoring locations in Poland.
Here’s the thing: the detection at Seehausen just the other moment was 100 to 1000 times LARGER than the concentrations of Te-132 measured in Europe in 2011. It’s got to be somewhere relatively nearby.
Above Icelandic data from after the Fukushima triple meltdowns in spring 2011. And here, below, is the Te-132 detection @ Seehausen in Germany at the end of April 2016. Note that I put the y-axis @ 100 times of that seen in the above graph:
The sampling period was just 2 hours.
Wind maps show that, if the major nuclear accident just happened in the past 1 or 2 days, then the most likely countries the major release came from includes Germany, The Netherlands or Sweden. Less likely, but not impossible would include France, Belgium, the UK, as well maybe even some nuclear Baltic states such as Finland. I know that quite the array of reactors, but I hope this blog post is at least helpful to get an investigation going ASAP.
Added: See various blog posts after this one. Even Fukushima-Daiichi is a possibility, the implications of which would be extremely dire. Click ‘Home‘ in the top banner and view other posts after this sticky, or search the Nuclear Blog Posts Archive.
When looking at the bigger picture, as found partially documented on this blog (click home and check out the blogpost pre- May 2016), then the possibilities widen to “just about anywhere”. The further away, of course, the more massive this meltdown accident likely is.
WIND MAPS for April 26, 2016 @ 00:00 UTC, different altitudes:
Wind maps, starting at 1000 hPa, just above the surface: http://earth.nullschool.net/#2016/04/26/0000Z/wind/isobaric/1000hPa/orthographic=-7.60,52.94,1024/loc=11.862,52.584
At 850 hPa, you can see the low pressure over Denmark, circling the wind around, adding a possibility that the radioactive cloud blew in from the west, leaving a possilities from several nuclear power plants in Northern Germany, The Netherlands, as well as Southern Sweden and beyond:
At 500 hPa, however, the bottom end of the jet stream… http://earth.nullschool.net/#2016/04/26/0000Z/wind/isobaric/500hPa/orthographic=-7.60,52.94,1024/loc=11.862,52.584…
Although the most likely culprits are most likely in North-Western Europe, a slight possibility opens up it came from outside Europe (although the concentration seems to high for that, in my opinion):
And at last, the jet stream itself, @ 250 hPa: http://earth.nullschool.net/#2016/04/26/0000Z/wind/isobaric/250hPa/orthographic=-7.60,52.94,1024/loc=11.862,52.584
North Pole view: if it came from very far away, it cannot be ruled out it came from a serious nuclear accident in the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Russia, or even further upwind closer to Europe (in a go-around-way):http://earth.nullschool.net/#2016/04/26/0000Z/wind/isobaric/250hPa/orthographic=-57.76,95.18,274/loc=11.862,52.584
If there’s any free press left in Merkel’s Germany, I guess I’ll read about the nuclear accident in the newspapers some time this week…