Europe saw an unexpected rise in radiation levels. This phenomenon baffled the international community even the scientists. There is a spike of the radioactive Iodine-131 across Europe. The radiation was first detected near the Russia-Norway border in January. However, the radiation have made its way around Europe. This led to the probability that Russia might have secretly detonated a nuclear weapon in the Arctic.
The radiation spike was noticed in Finland, Czech Republic, Poland, France, Germany and Spain. The authorities have kept the information private, believing that it is not news worthy. France’s nuclear safety authority stated that the increase in the Iodine-131 does not implicate health concerns. Moreover, the officials said that the radiation level has gone back to normal measures.
Europe radiation spike instigates fears on Russia’s possible role
The reports about the radiation spike instigated fears about Russia’s possible role in the incident. Experts speculated that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military might have carried out a secret Arctic nuclear test. Scientists struggled to explain the occurrence while there is a strong belief that Russia could have done it.
The Iodine-131 has a life of around eight days. Any detection of the radiation would mean that there is a recent release of radioactive chemical in the area. After the news broke out, theories circulated that mainly focused on Russia’s desire to test their nuclear weapons. Additionally, the Iodine-131 is a component of the atomic bombs which the U.S. and Russia tested during the Cold War. Still, there is no confirmation that Russia deployed any nuclear weapon in the area.
Is the U.S. deploying ‘nuke sniffers’ to determine the cause of the Europe radiation spike?
The U.S. Air Force sent their special WC-135 Constant Phoenix which is typically a ‘nuke sniffer’. The WC-135’s mission is to detect and identify possible nuclear explosions from the air. The U.S. deployed the WC-135 in 1986 when the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster happened in the Soviet Union. The U.S. also deployed this particular aircraft near the North Korea during Kim Jong-un’s rocket launches in the past few years.
The aircraft may cross the European airspace but the deployment of the WC-135 to the U.K. soil is very rare. The U.S. military has not issued any reason as to why they sent the aircraft to the European airspace.
Although they cross European airspace from time-to-time, their deployment to the UK is still rare.
Additionally, there are growing fears within military groups that Russia is testing its nuclear weapons to prepare its arsenal for a possible future war. Some people believed that the spike in radiation is a proof that the Russian military is moving forward with their nuclear testing plans. As of the moment, there is no clear reason as to what caused the sudden increase of radiation in Europe.