November 12, 2011
The mysterious presence of low-level radiation in the Czech Republic had experts baffled yesterday as the UN nuclear agency admitted it was a mystery how the particles got there.
Elevated levels of iodine-131 were detected by the International Atomic Energy Agency in four countries on Friday, but last night officials were still trying to determine where the material had come from.
Although higher than normal, scientists said the levels of radiation were not likely to pose a health risk and were almost certainly unrelated to the Fukushima plant 8,000 miles away in Japan.
Very low levels of radiation were also detected in Hungary, Slovakia and Austria, with all three countries insisting there was no risk to inhabitants.
Experts said the radioisotopes will lose most of their radiation within eight days of release, but an official familiar with the situation told the Associated Press (AP) last night that the leak seemed to be continuing.
This article was posted: Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 2:11 am