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.
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.