Radioactivity hike seen in northern Europe; source unknown

added 28.06.2020 16:39

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority said Tuesday that "it is not possible now to confirm what could be the source of the increased levels" of radioactivity or from where a cloud, or clouds, containing radioactive isotopes that has allegedly been blowing over the skies of northern Europe originated.

The Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish radiation and nuclear safety watchdogs said this week they've spotted small amounts of radioactive isotopes harmless to humans and the environment in parts of Finland, southern Scandinavia and the Arctic.

The Leningrad plant near St. Petersburg and the Kola plant near the northern city of Murmansk, 'operate normally, with radiation levels being within the norm,' Tass quoted the Rosenergoatom spokesperson as saying.

But Russian news agency TASS, citing a spokesman with the state nuclear power operator Rosenergoatom , reported that the two nuclear power plants in northwestern Russia haven't reported any problems.

HELSINKI: Nordic authorities say they detected slightly increased levels of radioactivity in northern Europe this month that Dutch officials said may be from a source in western Russia and may "indicate damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant."