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(Fox News)   Mysterious radiation cloud wafting over Europe from Russia. This is not a repeat from 1986   ( foxnews.com) divider line
    More: Scary, nuclear power plant, director Jean-Marc Peres, Lists of nuclear disasters and radioactive incidents, unusually high levels, safety institute IRSN, Nuclear power, nuclear fuel treatment, potential health risk  
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2017-11-10 08:15:43 AM  
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2017-11-10 08:41:04 AM  
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2017-11-10 08:49:59 AM  
There aren't enough of the fun isotopes for this to be a reactor accident. Likely "only" a fuel processing or nuclear medicine accident.
 
2017-11-10 08:58:35 AM  
But yesterday was Europe's 9/11.
 
2017-11-10 09:09:01 AM  

Pinnacle Point: But yesterday was Europe's 9/11.


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2017-11-10 09:25:02 AM  
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2017-11-10 09:26:03 AM  
Sure beats contaminated bats.
 
2017-11-10 09:26:24 AM  
Radiation storms in Europe almost make me wish I were patrolling the Mojave.
 
2017-11-10 09:28:11 AM  

Resident Muslim: Sure beats contaminated bats.


Correction; incendiary bats.
 
2017-11-10 09:28:43 AM  
American radiation is still better.
 
2017-11-10 09:29:39 AM  
I'm not sure quite why I clicked on that, but seeing the headline reminded me, yet again, that we live in a ridiculous cartoon/comic universe.
 
2017-11-10 09:32:05 AM  
I recall coming home from school in 4th grade to find the afternoon paper (ye olden times) on our front step with the big Chernobyl headline.
 
2017-11-10 09:35:05 AM  
Chernobyl isn't in Russia.
 
2017-11-10 09:35:50 AM  
who smelt it, dealt it
 
2017-11-10 09:37:02 AM  
Aw crap, he got a new job - didn't he?

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2017-11-10 09:39:16 AM  
Apparently, that cloud reached Yosemite as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHsEr​_​9IIVM
 
2017-11-10 09:39:55 AM  
Eastern sections of Mexico City getting their own gaseous emissions today. Volcano blew.
 
2017-11-10 09:42:33 AM  
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2017-11-10 09:43:42 AM  
The risk of radiation is routinely and dramatically overestimated.  Often the amount of radiation discussed is less exposure than you get from eating a banana (which naturally emits small amounts of radiation) or flying in an airplane.

That said, I always get nervous when the government goes out of its way to assure people that a situation that nothing can be done about is perfectly harmless, because I believe that's what they would say regardless.
 
2017-11-10 09:44:04 AM  
Was wondering why we haven't heard about it around here, then

(..) in the last week of September.
 
2017-11-10 09:44:17 AM  
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2017-11-10 09:45:17 AM  
These aren't the isotopes you're looking for.

Move along, move along....
 
2017-11-10 09:45:57 AM  
Double check.  When the Russians say "that radiation is nothing to worry about", you worry about it.

/old enough to remember the grotesque denial about Chernobyl
 
2017-11-10 09:47:25 AM  
I remember when a Baby Ruth was no big deal.  But Ruthenium?  Sounds spicy.

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2017-11-10 09:50:34 AM  

SomeAmerican: The risk of radiation is routinely and dramatically overestimated.  Often the amount of radiation discussed is less exposure than you get from eating a banana (which naturally emits small amounts of radiation) or flying in an airplane.

That said, I always get nervous when the government goes out of its way to assure people that a situation that nothing can be done about is perfectly harmless, because I believe that's what they would say regardless.


"Pernicious nonsense." -- Repo Men (RIP HDS)
 
2017-11-10 09:50:46 AM  
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Who farted?
 
2017-11-10 09:51:24 AM  
Time to turn a few wind farms into big fans.....
 
2017-11-10 09:54:01 AM  
Russia,


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2017-11-10 09:55:09 AM  
get out of here, stalker!
 
2017-11-10 09:55:15 AM  
Wow, it's polonium season already?
This year really is flying by.
 
2017-11-10 09:58:13 AM  
Radiation cloud or Terrigen mist?
 
2017-11-10 09:58:15 AM  

SomeAmerican: The risk of radiation is routinely and dramatically overestimated.  Often the amount of radiation discussed is less exposure than you get from eating a banana (which naturally emits small amounts of radiation) or flying in an airplane.

That said, I always get nervous when the government goes out of its way to assure people that a situation that nothing can be done about is perfectly harmless, because I believe that's what they would say regardless.


People like to feel all superior by lecturing about radiation physics, but the fear comes from the fact that since it's invisible and silent, you have to trust authorities to be honest and forthcoming. Fear of radiation comes from a perfectly rational fear of human institutions, not physics.
 
2017-11-10 10:11:53 AM  
The radioactive cloud poses only an "extremely low" risk of contaminating mushrooms and other foodstuffs that are imported into France, the IRSN said in a statement.

I know when I hear the term "radioactive cloud," the first thing I worry about is the safety of mushrooms.
 
2017-11-10 10:15:15 AM  

champu: Chernobyl isn't in Russia.


Not yet.
 
2017-11-10 10:15:54 AM  
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mostly in the direction of the hell away.
 
2017-11-10 10:26:19 AM  

SVenus: Eastern sections of Mexico City getting their own gaseous emissions today. Volcano blew.


I read that. Popo has been burping and spitting quite a bit in the last week. I wonder if any of the ash is also radioactive,
 
2017-11-10 10:29:56 AM  

champu: Chernobyl isn't in Russia.


Getting PC aren't ya?
 
2017-11-10 10:36:00 AM  

SomeAmerican: The risk of radiation is routinely and dramatically overestimated.  Often the amount of radiation discussed is less exposure than you get from eating a banana (which naturally emits small amounts of radiation) or flying in an airplane.

That said, I always get nervous when the government goes out of its way to assure people that a situation that nothing can be done about is perfectly harmless, because I believe that's what they would say regardless.


Fascinating thing, radiation. Fossils in Florida tend to have an unusually high amount of Uranium in them and no one really knows why. On a lark this year I took a large shoebox full of bone fossils out of storage and brought them into my department physicist to check, and it was definitely letting off a lot of gamma and beta, about a full x-ray's worth a day. I recently promised him that I would bring in my stash of old Thorium-laced Coleman/Sunshine of the Night lantern mantles in the original packaging to test, and his smile turned into a frown. Apparently the dose makes the poison and he started asking me a lot of questions about "containment", so now I need to come up with a thick metal (and probably lead-lined) box to put them in before I bother to bring them in. Guess I'm going to have to hammer down a bunch of wheel weights in my free time and make some sheeting of my own.

/Kinda missing my old tritium dial watch, but how do you convince anyone to fix something like that?
 
2017-11-10 10:43:16 AM  
and that day, in England, everybody got polonium in their tea.
 
2017-11-10 10:46:51 AM  
It's fine.  We fixed the leak.

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2017-11-10 10:59:35 AM  

iron de havilland: champu: Chernobyl isn't in Russia.

Not yet.


No. It's more in Germany, Denmark.

Actually an annoying bit of Chernobyl made it to agriculture and milk production in Sweden, France, and other countries.

If global warming could change the wind so it goes from the Atlantic to Russia, Putin would be very afraid of nuclear war.  Now he figures a strike on Moskva would ruin the air in Stockholm and parts South.
 
2017-11-10 10:59:37 AM  

Doctor Poop: American radiation is still better.


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2017-11-10 11:02:40 AM  

Snarfangel: The radioactive cloud poses only an "extremely low" risk of contaminating mushrooms and other foodstuffs that are imported into France, the IRSN said in a statement.

I know when I hear the term "radioactive cloud," the first thing I worry about is the safety of mushrooms.


If you know what I mean.
 
2017-11-10 11:03:28 AM  

FlyingBacon: champu: Chernobyl isn't in Russia.

Getting PC aren't ya?


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2017-11-10 11:20:42 AM  

thespindrifter: SomeAmerican: The risk of radiation is routinely and dramatically overestimated.  Often the amount of radiation discussed is less exposure than you get from eating a banana (which naturally emits small amounts of radiation) or flying in an airplane.

That said, I always get nervous when the government goes out of its way to assure people that a situation that nothing can be done about is perfectly harmless, because I believe that's what they would say regardless.

Fascinating thing, radiation. Fossils in Florida tend to have an unusually high amount of Uranium in them and no one really knows why. On a lark this year I took a large shoebox full of bone fossils out of storage and brought them into my department physicist to check, and it was definitely letting off a lot of gamma and beta, about a full x-ray's worth a day. I recently promised him that I would bring in my stash of old Thorium-laced Coleman/Sunshine of the Night lantern mantles in the original packaging to test, and his smile turned into a frown. Apparently the dose makes the poison and he started asking me a lot of questions about "containment", so now I need to come up with a thick metal (and probably lead-lined) box to put them in before I bother to bring them in. Guess I'm going to have to hammer down a bunch of wheel weights in my free time and make some sheeting of my own.

/Kinda missing my old tritium dial watch, but how do you convince anyone to fix something like that?


If it's has a lot of beta, don't just use lead. You will get bremsstrahlung radiation from the beta particles interacting with the led particles. Depending on the energy of the betas, wood can sometimes be enough to block them. If you want to be safe, use a metal lined wood box to block the beta, and if it emits gamma too, then wrap the metal and wood in lead to stop the gamma.
 
2017-11-10 11:28:28 AM  
Radioactive cloud floating over Europe is nothing to worry about

No, it never is.  There has never been, in its entire history, a radiation leak that was anything to worry about.
Hey, how are those cancer rates doing?
 
2017-11-10 11:32:59 AM  

FlyingBacon: champu: Chernobyl isn't in Russia.

Getting PC aren't ya?


True. Everything East of Poland shall henceforth be called, "Basically Russia."

/"But what about Finland?"
//"Shut up!"
///"But what if he's got a pointed stick?"
 
2017-11-10 11:34:21 AM  
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2017-11-10 11:50:02 AM  

darkeyes: Apparently, that cloud reached Yosemite as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHsEr_​9IIVM


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