Radiation Detected On, In or Near the Baltic….

| June 28, 2020

This news story comes from Reuters re: radiation detected by Swedish monitoring equipment.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nuclear-particles-baltic/sensors-detect-rise-in-nuclear-particles-on-baltic-sea-global-body-says-idUSKBN23X2TN

Sensors detect rise in nuclear particles on the Baltic Sea, global body says.

VIENNA (Reuters) – Radiation sensors in Stockholm have detected higher-than-usual but still harmless levels of isotopes produced by nuclear fission, probably from somewhere on or near the Baltic Sea, a body running a worldwide network of the sensors said on Friday.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) oversees a network of hundreds of monitoring stations that use seismic, hydroacoustic and other technology to check for a nuclear weapon test anywhere in the world. That technology can, however, be put to other uses as well.

One of its stations scanning the air for radionuclides – telltale radioactive particles that can be carried long distances by the wind – detected unusually high levels of three radionuclides earlier this week: caesium-134, caesium-137 and ruthenium-103.

The Stockholm monitoring station “detected 3isotopes; Cs-134, Cs-137 & Ru-103 associated w/Nuclear fission @ higher than usual levels (but not harmful for human health)”, CTBTO chief Lassina Zerbo said on Twitter (here) on Friday evening.

The particles were detected on “22/23 June”, he added. – article

Remember that unexplained explosion at a Russian test site last year? Just sayin’….. 🙂 Isn’t that the general area where Russian subs migrate through the depths?

Of course, it can simply be that someone sneezed and left the door open during a watch station break.

Category: WTF?

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    I’ll go with someone left the door open for a true daily double.

    Wonder if I could have detected it from here? Was gonna make a spirited attempt to get to the top of this rascal.

    https://www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/devils-tower-national-monument

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Astonishingly, two greenbean climatewhiners have changed their “thinking” and admitted they were wrong – about a lot of them. One we already know: Michael Moore, whose movie “Planet of the Humans” has been shredded verbally by ecohippies, after he saw the real truth about “climate friendly” power systems.

      The other is an ecohippie mommy with two kids who finally realized that she’d been lied to all along, after researching nuclear power.

      Things are changing rapidly now.

      But that radiation signature in the Baltic is a puzzle. Remember that nuclear detonation accident last year at a northern Russian base?

      • rgr769 says:

        Could it be caused by radiation leaking from one of those Ruskie nuke subs lost in the Baltic Sea years ago?

    • 26Limabeans says:

      Liquid wart remover would take care of that.
      Might take more than one application though.
      Just don’t pick at it and wash your hands.

    • SFC D says:

      Stood on top of that stump in 1983. One awesome climb!

  2. 26Limabeans says:

    I wonder if it is connected to the recent magnetic perturbations?

    https://spaceweatherarchive.com/2020/06/25/a-magnetic-anomaly-ripples-around-the-world/

    Sensors gettin sensy lately.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Polar shifty?

      • 26Limabeans says:

        Yeah, that too. Seems to be rapidly shifting beyond
        predictions of the past and noticible on a simple compass.
        I forget what the normal declination is, maybe 12 degrees.

        So much mystery lately. Harbinger of something, but what?

      • Ex-Ph2 says:

        I thought that the North Pole belonged to us. Why is it defecting to Russia? Why? I just don’t understand. We’ve paid the North Pole far more visits than the Soviets ever did, except when they were following us. This is SO unfair!

  3. UpNorth says:

    Wonder if Vlad might be short one nuke submarine?

    • 26Limabeans says:

      A very astute observation.

    • NHSparky says:

      Not likely.

      Ruthenium and Cesium are more indicative of Pu-239 versus a U-235 source, which would be more Cesium with Strontium/Zirconium.

      Last time I checked, even the Russians weren’t using Plutonium for their reactors.

  4. Did they do A bomb testing over there? Something to worry about and look what happened in Japan back in 1954. Anyone remember how much damage Godzilla did over there.

  5. JustALurkinAround says:

    Well, it is interesting. All 3 isotopes indicate fission of U235 by slow neutrons. The Cs134 would come from shielded U235 (fuel rods or slats?

    FWIW I’m a current FA52 bur certainly do now know it all, despite what I pretend.

    • JustALurkinAround says:

      Obviously, I am also a genius when typing on a phone….

      I’m usually a much gooder speller.

      • Slow Joe says:

        Oh, that happens to all of us, I am sure.

        You can easily tell the difference when someone is sitting in the toilet typing furiously or properly seating on a desk with a full keyboard desktop.

  6. Slow Joe says:

    So, Vlad finally discovered how to power his secret time machine.

    I wonder what his first mission will be. 1991 or 1917?

    Perhaps 1533. Ivan IV Vasilyevich could use some help. When you think about it, Ivan became Grand Prince of Moscow at age 3, and was declared the first Tsar of Russia at age 16 by his regent council.
    That sounds fishy. I suspect Vlad went back in time and got Ivan promoted to Tsar. Perhaps he even replace Ivan…..?
    (plays conspiracy tune)

  7. Jim says:

    30+ years ago I recall seeing TV news footage of ships of the former Soviet Union dumping what was stated as nuclear waste over the side in the North Sea, etc. The below links may be related to that time and to this current story:
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/02/russia-begins-cleaning-up-the-soviets-top-secret-nuclear-waste-dump

    http://large.stanford.edu/courses/2017/ph241/stevens2/

    https://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/radioactive-waste-and-spent-nuclear-fuel/2012-08-russia-announces-enormous-finds-of-radioactive-waste-and-nuclear-reactors-in-arctic-seas

    Google search lists close to four million hits on this topic, so it is covered extensively.