14 Nov '17, 5pm

What can we learn from a radioactive cloud over Europe?

What can we learn from a radioactive cloud over Europe?

The accident probably occurred in the last days of September. Perhaps it was an explosion. Or a gas under high pressure hissing out of a pipe. Maybe it was a chemical cloud over a crashed truck. In early October, monitoring stations across the Eastern European Union countries sounded alarm: an elevated level of radioactive ruthenium-106 (Ru-106, for short) was detected in the air . The authorities launched into action, increasing monitoring and communicating results along a network of agencies cooperating to keep all citizens safe in the event of industrial incidents. Although the levels detected were low – 17,000 times less than the action level – there was nothing to indicate the origin of the contamination nor whether it would increase before it ceased. The ruthenium-106 found spreading over the European continent is one of many different isotopes – ruthenium has 7 stab...

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