Friday, February 25, 2022

Collective Insanity

Russia captures ruined Chernobyl nuclear plant and local activity increases atmospheric radioactivity:

New Scientist 25th Feb 2022

[Extract] Chernobyl radiation spike probably from Russian tanks disturbing dust. After Russian forces captured the ruined Chernobyl nuclear power plant on 24 February, sensors at the site report a spike in radiation levels. 

 The State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation of Ukraine reported that radiation levels around Chernobyl rose today, but attributed them to “movement of a large number of heavy military equipment through the exclusion zone and the release of contaminated radioactive dust into the air”. 

The organisation said that the buildings containing the reactor were intact and unaffected. Official figures from the site record outdoor radiation levels as high as 32.3 microsieverts per hour. Indoor figures are higher than that, but Bruno Merk at the University of Liverpool, UK, says that these come from sensors inside the containment buildings and aren’t related to environmental levels. 

A citizen data-collection service called SaveEcoBot also showed a spike in radiation levels across the Chernobyl power plant. One sensor recorded a level of 65.5 microsieverts per hour at 9.50pm local time on 24 Feburary, while the same sensor recorded levels around 3 microsieverts per hour in the days before the invasion. Francis Livens at the University of Manchester, UK, says the levels being seen are well below those that would cause acute radiation sickness, but could be “the sort of thing that will give you cancer in 10, 15, 20 years’ time”. “If I’m a radiation worker in a lab at 3 microsieverts an hour, even if I spend ludicrous amounts of time in there, I’m going to be under my dose limit. If I had 60 in my lab, I would be wanting to know why, because at 60 you get up to doses that would make me twitch relatively quickly,” he says.

Hat Tip Peter Roche

And then there is the matter of all of those bioweapons facilities so strategically located there....




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