Nothing to see here. Move along…
After the earlier post today, mentioning the latest additions to my series of Spring 2015 Chernobyl Radioactive Forest Fire posts, I checked the EURDEP public map (http://eurdep.jrc.ec.europa.eu/Basic/Pages/Public/Home/Default.aspx, which is mostly unvalidated data from which you’re not supposed to draw any conclusions…) to see if some of the monitors that had been switched off immediately as the radioactive smoke was heading its way would be back online.
For the one in Lithuania, that answer on May 16, 2015, is clearly: no. I had graphed its Bismuth-214 data, which ended at the same time as the below data for U-234 & Pb-214. the Bi-214 long-term data shows data gaps which most likely correlate with fallout events from Fukushima, Zaporizhye & the Chernobyl forest fires, see May 2, 2015’s “Bismuth-214 as a Fallout Indicator? Systematic Omissions: More Evidence of EURDEP Hiding Data when it Matters Most…”)
Here’s Uranium-234 and Lead-214 graphed for the past entire month (pre-May 16, 2015), and, as you can see, the pattern of systematic omissions when it matters continues…
How about in Finland? Did I imagine things or did they really suspend the data flow right at the moment radioactive smoke likely reached Scandinavia? Sure looks like they skipped a step…
Then I swung by “my favorite” Cs-137 / I-131 monitor on Cyprus (which showed a disturbing spike in November 2014, including for the recent-fission indicator I-131, with wind pattens tracing back to Fukushima…, see HERE and the one preceding that one for Germany specifically). Never made the news… Kinda unbelievable how Orwellian our world has become… Anyways, there is currently an unusual data gap occurring there… Which has me wondering if it is related with the major radon spike, also in the mediterranean (in Italy, see below)…:
“I have no idea what this all means.” (“I mean… What do I know? I’m just hanging out in tiny mountain town in Colorado, filling some time writing a blog post because it’s wet-snowing again… ;-/”)
Then I checked EURDEP’s amazing vast network of Radon monitors, shown here:
That’s right: one monitor for the European continent. Almost funny…
Here’s the past month, with a spike in the last 24 hours of up to 52 Bq/m^3 of Radon-220+222 at that monitor in Ispra, Italy:
Now you may say, “but Radon is natural!“. Yes and no. It occurs naturally, but as a decay daughter of Uranium, it can also be an indicator and part of man-made fallout, certainly when Uranium gets aerosolized, as happened after Fukushima. To refresh your memory, here’s Uranium content in Hawaii air in 2011: [h/t http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/10/… ]
Looks like some Uranium was added to the atmosphere, doesn’t it? So, naturally, higher Radon, Bismuth, Lead, etc. upticks are to be expected for as long as it takes for this mess to come all down. Which, I suppose, could be awhile, since Fukushima-Daiichi hasn’t even been stopped from leaking into the air and water.
Anyhow, to see if this recent/current seemingly major Radon spike in Northern Italy is unusual, I checked back until the record began in January 2014, and copy-pasted the past entire year together in 3-month periods, for Rn-220+222 in the black graphed Plot 1, and T-BETA-ART (artificial Beta Radiation, I pressume) in blue in Plot 2, shown below.
I also checked on recent earthquake activity. (This was actually before I had checked the Cesium levels in Cyprus), as Radon releases can accompany (or announce…) earthquakes. Nothing to be seen.
For more detailed seismic info on Italy, see http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/earthquakes/italy.html
So, anyhow, what’s going on? Earthquake coming or fallout coming down? I don’t know… Cyprus’ data gaps hint at a radiological cause rather than a seismic one. And, Nullschool shows a 500 hPa wind-slow-down zone over Northern Italy and, a swirl further, also near Cyprus…:
Wanna guess? I’ll give you a hint: http://earth.nullschool.net/#2015/05/16/1200Z/wind/isobaric/500hPa/orthographic=-102.34,68.48,512 It’s not that hard to follow wind lines…
I wonder if the folks at the IAEA who we’re involved in writing the software for Europe’s radiation data processing network are beginning to wonder if perhaps what they did was extremely unethical…
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- May 17, 2015, Added after posting:
SOURCE for the Radon-222 decay chart: http://www.ccnr.org/radon_chart.html, shown below:
And for the grander picture, the decay chain of Uranium-238, plucked from http://www.ccnr.org/decay_U238.html
That radiation spikes due to supposedly rain-out events of “naturally occurring radioisotopes” are becoming more pronounced MIGHT have EVERYTHING to do with Fukushima and other industrial releases.
Whether or not what I measured here in Colorado a few weeks ago had a Fukushima part to it, I was unable to determine, due to lack of sophisticated scientific equipment, but it certainly can’t be ruled out. (See May 3, 2015’s Wow, That is some Damn Radioactive Rain… (A Geiger Counter Measurement from Southern Colorado, May 3, 2015) and May 5, 2015s Rain Appears to be ‘Back to Normal’ – Or, wait, maybe not… – (May 4 & 5, 2015 Geiger Counter measurements) + Further investigation of Radioactive Rain Events)
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ADDED – June 17, 2015 – UPDATE – The above record was just blown out of the water (note the scale above only goes to 16 Bq/m^3… Here’s the past half year with the T-BETA-Art scale now going all the way to 80 Bq/m^3. Stil not even a peep in the media…