Recently, the radioactivity levels in the atmosphere over northern Europe has risen. According to the Dutch health agency, this indicates damage to the nuclear power plant in the western part of Russia. The radioactive spike suggests damage to a nuclear fuel element, the Associated Press reported.

Contrarily to it Russian nuclear power operator Rosenergoatom has denied problems related to facilities in Kola and Leningrad, the two nuclear plants operating in the region, according to TASS, a Russian news agency, as reported by the AP.

22 /23 June 2020, RN #IMS station SEP63 #Sweden🇸🇪 detected 3isotopes; Cs-134, Cs-137 & Ru-103 associated w/Nuclear fission @ higher[ ] than usual levels (but not harmful for human health). The possible source region in the 72h preceding detection is shown in orange on the map. pic.twitter.com/ZeGsJa21TNJune 26, 2020

Many watchdog agencies of Scandinavian countries detected the increased level of radionuclides that are atoms whose nuclei are unstable. The excess energy in this nuclei gets released through radioactive decay. In particular, concentrations of the radionuclides cesium-134, cesium-137, and ruthenium-103 rose in parts of Finland, southern Scandinavia and the Arctic, Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, wrote on Twitter. Though these pose no harm to humans, they are byproducts of nuclear fission, Zerbo wrote. 

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“The radionuclides are artificial, that is to say, they are man-made. The composition of the nuclides may indicate damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant,” an official with the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands, which analyzed the isotope data, said on Friday (June 26).

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