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2019-08-08 Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Radiation levels normal after explosion?
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Posted by 3dc 2019-08-08 08:51|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [393 views ]  Top

#1 Reports of elevated iodine 131 levels in the area prompting officials to tell locals to take iodine pills.
Posted by 3dc 2019-08-08 13:19||   2019-08-08 13:19|| Front Page Top

#2 Iodine 131 is a short lived, and thus highly radioactive fission product.

If this is a big concern nuclear reactor damage is most likely.

A nuclear explosion or fizzle is less likely as it would produce a smaller amount of fission products compared to a continuously operating reactor.
Posted by Elmerert Hupens2660 2019-08-08 13:52||   2019-08-08 13:52|| Front Page Top

#3 There was a big boom at a Russian ammo dump somewhere north of Mongolia a couple of days ago. Video analysis estimated the fireball at around 10kT.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m0fDeQl94c
Posted by The peanut gallery 2019-08-08 19:49||   2019-08-08 19:49|| Front Page Top

#4 Need much more on this.
Posted by newc 2019-08-08 20:55||   2019-08-08 20:55|| Front Page Top

#5 Evidently, Ivan has had TWO accidents in the last 72 hours.

One (from this story) of a ballistic missile blowing up (may have had a nuclear warhead) at a Russian missile testing facility.

And the other from a couple of days ago in central Russia turned out to be from a massive blast of conventional ordinance. (It looks like they learned nothing from their massive accident back in 1981(?) all the bunker doors were open)
Posted by The peanut gallery 2019-08-08 21:24||   2019-08-08 21:24|| Front Page Top

#6 Maybe they were testing the nuclear propulsion of their new cruise missile.

Iodine 131 has a half life of only 8 days. Its presence indicates recent nuclear fission activity, especially if it poses a health hazard.
Posted by Elmerert Hupens2660 2019-08-08 22:48||   2019-08-08 22:48|| Front Page Top

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