Norwegian Scientist Warns against Radioactive Dust

According to Russian newsportal www.news.mail.ru, A small amount of radioactive particles being brought probably from emergency plant "Fukushima-1 in Japan, has been found in Iceland

"Distribution of radioactive dust around the northern hemisphere – it is a question of only a few days," – said a senior researcher at the Institute for Air Research in Norway Andreas Stohl. The scientist added that the threat to the health of the inhabitants of Europe in connection with radiation will not occur.

Radioactive dust spread from Japan to the east and crossed the Pacific Ocean, North America and the Atlantic Ocean, arriving to Iceland. According to the agency, the number of detected particles of radioactive dust is negligible and poses no threat to health.

The presence of airborne particles of radioactive dust – in this case, iodine isotopes – was recorded at 15 out of 65 international dosimetry stations of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

Meanwhile, the Icelandic agency responsible for radiation safety was not informed about the spread of radiation.

"We were very surprised that it was found here on our doorstep," – said the office representative Sigurdur Emil Palsson, stressing that the Icelandic authorities will verify the information.

After the incident on March 11 in northeast Japan earthquake of magnitude 9.0 on the NPP Fukushima-1 some accidents happened after failure of the cooling system.

At nuclear power plants there were several leaks of radiation that caused the authorities to evacuate people from the 20-kilometer zone around the plant, and prohibit flights over the station within a radius of 30 kilometers. Later the information about the discovery of the radioactive elements in some parts of Japan was revealed, particularly isotopes of iodine and cesium in the air, sea and drinking water, as well as in food.

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