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Published:November 11th, 2011 11:59 EST
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UN: Low Levels Of Radiation Detected In Europe

By SOP newswire3

 

Small amounts of a radioactive particle have been detected in the air in the Czech Republic and other European locations, but they do not pose a health risk to the public, the United Nations nuclear agency reported today.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a statement saying it had received information from the Czech Republic`s State Office for Nuclear Safety that very low levels of iodine-131 have been measured in the atmosphere " in recent days. The agency added it has learned about similar measurements in other European locations.

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The current trace levels that have been recorded do not represent a health risk and are not caused by the accident in March at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, according to IAEA.

Iodine-131 is a short-lived radio-isotope with a radioactive decay half-life of about eight days, the IAEA stated, adding it is working with counterparts to determine the cause and origin of the radiation.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=40368&Cr=IAEA&Cr1=