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Radiation reaches Sweden from Japan

The Local · 24 Mar 2011, 11:00

Published: 24 Mar 2011 11:00 GMT+01:00

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The first changes in radioactivity in Sweden's skies, very low levels of the radioisotope Iodine-131, have been registered at measurement centres in Stockholm, Umeå and Kiruna.

“Exactly as we had expected, we have now measured radioactive iodine from the nuclear accident in Japan,” Leif Moberg, head of research at the Radiation Safety Authority, said in a statement.

“The levels are very low and do not entail any risks at all for people or the environment," he added.

The Swedish Defence Research Agency (Totalförsvarets Forskningsinstitut - FOI), which is carrying out the measurements on behalf of the authority, has not discovered any traces of Iodine-131 at its three other centers in Gävle, Visby, and Ljungbyhed.

The highest levels were recorded in Stockholm, but the authority described the reading of 0.3 milli-becquerels per cubic metre of air as “completely negligible”.

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The authority said the measurements were much lower than the levels of constant background radiation in Sweden emanating from bedrock and other sources.

The authority will continue to monitor the situation and publish up to date radiation measurements on its website (see below).

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13:11 March 24, 2011 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
Why is this article accompanied with a picture of a geiger counter? Even with my very limited scientific knowledge I know they wouldn't have used one them. What is this? We have an article so need to attach any tenously linked picture we can?
13:57 March 24, 2011 by Shibumi
If these "measurements were much lower than the levels of constant background radiation in Sweden emanating from bedrock and other sources." then how could we measure it at all... wouldn't we just get the background radiation reading instead? Does anyone here know?
14:09 March 24, 2011 by fluberman
They must have detected the energy signature of I-131 and/or Cs-137, which are not present naturally.
15:35 March 24, 2011 by Shibumi
I see... thanks!
16:38 March 24, 2011 by Angry Ami
Quick call Commissar Beck
20:21 March 24, 2011 by muscle
what the hell... if its here in Sweden, the it means it will be quite strong in china, india pakistan and other asian countries :S Or am I wrong
22:18 March 24, 2011 by charubun pananon
Don't be careless. We should aware and alert for our safety, shouldn't we ?
07:35 March 25, 2011 by karex

You are correct in your assumption. That's why one country deciding to build nuclear plants doesn't just affect that country if things go badly wrong. It will endanger many other people in other countries who didn't even have a say in that matter. I'm not an expert on nuclear matters but it seems to me that the fallout can quickly spread all around the world through air currents much in the same way that volcanic emissions do after a major eruption. Sweden was in a very bad way after Chernobyl, but I wouldn't be surprised if radiation from that incident had been reported as far as the south pole. Maybe it was and I failed to catch the news item about it at the time.
12:13 March 25, 2011 by Liquidmonkey
why is this an article?

the levels are hundreds of times less than what is harmful.

i'm getting more radiation from my monitor as i write this.

the news is supposed to calm people, not make them paranoid.
18:33 March 25, 2011 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
I read a blog by a professor here in Sweden on this issue. He said that the levels are such that you would have to be outside continuously for 12 hundred years to reach the annual allowance for nuclear workers.
23:21 March 25, 2011 by Rebel
Wonder what this will do to fisheries connected to and including the Pacific Ocean?
19:32 March 26, 2011 by Wireless.Phil
What the real problem is we have different countries all measuring radiation on different scales. No standardize measurement only causes confusion for the public who don't know what or who to believe or trust.

As for Iodine-131, it almost disappears in only 8-days.

Its the Iodine-129 that hangs around for over 15-Million years and the other forms of radiation that we should be worried about!
23:39 March 26, 2011 by Rebel
Don't worry, the US government says it is safe. And if you can't trust Obama...
00:29 March 29, 2011 by mikewhite
"Radiation from Japan reaches Sweden" - that must be damned powerful radiation !

I think they must mean "radioactivity"
02:53 March 30, 2011 by dan_sparrow
no more sushi for us!
00:35 November 14, 2011 by Mike
Note how the MSM first claimed it was impossible that is was from Fukushima because it happened in March. I guess they forgot nothing has improved at Fukushima, and in fact it has only gotten worse. The world has been bathing in radiation since March and the reactors continue to melt down and experience spontaneous fission.

Note also that the media only tells about the "harmless" Iodine-131 with it's short half-life. They never mention that the reactor used mox plutonium and stored spent fuel ABOVE the reactor, which we all saw blow sky high. Mox plutonium contains deadly isotopes with half-lives in the tens of thousands of years. It also contained enough hot particles to kill everyone on earth several times over.
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