Scandinavia and the World
Scandinavia and the World

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Do you smell that? 24 11, 5:40am

I know for a fact Swedish authorities have detected the release of radiation too, so probably other nations have as well.

It reminds me of Chernobyl in 1986.
It was covered up by Soviet authorities even to their own people, but the radiation leak was discovered within 48 hours outside of the Soviet Union when radiation alarms went off at the Swedish nuclear plant Forsmark, 1000 kilometers from Chernobyl.
The prevailing winds the first days after the accident spread the radiation north to us - that's why it was first detected here.

After ruling out a leak at the plant and then other Swedish nuclear plants, the leak was tracked according to the wind patterns and it was concluded that the leak came from the Soviet Union and the Swedish government notified the Soviet government of their findings.
The Soviets denied being the source of the radiation, until the Swedish government advised the Soviet government that a report was being made to the International Atomic Energy Authority.

Later that evening a 20 second announcement about an accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant was broadcast on Soviet TV.
That was the first official admission by the Soviet Union that something had in fact happened, and the first information Soviet citizens outside of the absolute vicinity of the plant ever got of the accident 2 days before.

So Soviet authorities don't have a great track record on openness in question like these.
And before people point out that the Soviet Union is gone by now - Putin with his KGB background has taken up this old tradition of secrecy.
Just look at how the Russians tried to first hide and then downplay the Kursk nuclear submarine disaster in 2000 - and Putin was president then too.

Swedish papers are reporting that the leak may come from either southern Russia or northern Kazakstan - it's somewhere in the area of the southern Urals.
So it may come from Kazakstan as well - but knowing the Russian states unwillingness to admit any mistakes it's highly likely it comes from Russia.

But either way it's probably not an explosion, and certainly not a nuclear explosion, behind the leak as only one type of radiation has been released.
When nuclear plants explode they spew out all kind of different radiation - so this is not another Chernobyl, at least.

We're still suffering the effects of that accident, so we'd rather not see another one of those: