IODINE PLANT LEAKThe compounds may also have also come from an Iodine plant.The isotope Iodine-131 is used in medicine to treat to thyroid problems and is produced commercially across Europe.They can then use the data to confirm the presence of nuclear fallout and possibly determine the characteristics of the warhead involved.It can use the materials in the air to confirm the type of explosion, for example, whether it is from a warhead or a power plant.
It gathers effluent gasses with two scoops on the sides of the fuselage, which then trap fallout particles on filters that the crew can analyse in real time.
The deployment of the WC-135 aircraft, which detects and identifies explosions from the air and was used after the Chernobyl disaster in the Soviet Ukraine in 1986, adds weight to the argument.
A NUCLEAR REACTOR LEAK IN EASTERN EUROPEAn air filter station in Svanhovd, Norway, was the first place to measure the Iodine-131 in the second week of January.
RECENT EVENTThe isotope has a half-life of only eight days, so whatever caused the spike must have happened in the first two weeks of January.'It was rough weather in the period when the measurements were made, so we can't trace the release back to a particular location,' Astrid Liland, head of emergency preparedness at the NRPA, told the Barents Observer.
It's arrival comes amid tense times between Russia and the West, with America’s highest ranking military officer General Joe Dunford comparing the political climate to that during the Cold War.