Russia Confirms Increased Radiation After Reports of a Nuclear Accident in the Urals

Russia has confirmed an increase in radiation levels in the air over the Ural Mountains. Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom will investigate reports of increased concentrations of radioactive isotope in southern Urals.

Previously, French nuclear safety agency said it recorded extremely high levels of radioactivity in the area between the Volga river and the Ural Mountains, indicating that the source of radiation could be either Russia or Kazakhstan.

The agency claimed the increased levels of radiation could be a result of an accident involving nuclear fuel or the production of radioactive material.

Reports said that trace of ruthenium appeared over Europe, but did not posses a health risk to European countries.

Roasatom denied a leak, and said that increased concentrations of Ruthenium-106 had not come from any of its facilities.

However, in a recent statement, Roasatom said it will investigate reports of ‘extremely high’ concentrations of radioactive isotope over the Urals.

“Nuclear scientists have created a commission to discover the origin of ruthenium-106,” Rosatom said in a statement on Friday, also released by Russia’s Nuclear Safety Institute.

“Rosatom will offer all necessary assistance to this commission and will inform the public of the results,” the statement added.

Russian meteorological service declared that extreme high levels of pollution Ru-106 that exceeded pollution levels by 986 times. Reports said that unusually high levels of Ru-106 pollution had been recorded in late September in residential areas near Rosatom’s Mayak plant.

Scientists, on the other hand, claim that ruthenium-106 levels do not pose a major health security threat.

“Ruthenium is very rare and hence its presence may suggest that an event of some nature has occurred,” Malcolm Sperrin, director of the Department of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at Oxford University Hospitals in England, said.

“That being said, the natural abundance is so low that even a factor of 900 up on natural levels is still very low.”

Source: Press TV

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