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Spike in radioactive Iodine-131 levels detected across Europe

A radionuclide of anthropogenic origin, Iodine-131, has recently been detected in tiny amounts in the ground-level atmosphere across Europe, IRSN, French public expert in nuclear and radiological risks, reports. Iodine-131 is a radionuclide with a short half-life (8 days), suggesting a rather recent release. So far, the source of the radiation remains a mystery. According to the IRSN, the preliminary report states ...

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Explosion at Flamanville nuclear power plant in France

An explosion has occurred at Flamanville nuclear power plant in France at 08:40 UTC (09:40 local time) on February 9, 2017. Several people were slightly injured. The incident occurred in an engine room of Unit 1 reactor, injuring five people. Authorities said the injured inhaled fumes caused by the blast and are being treated. There is no contamination risk to the local community, ...

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Extreme levels of radiation detected at Fukushima No. 1 reactor

According to Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the radiation level in the containment vessel of reactor 2 at the damaged Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant nuclear complex has reached a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour which is the highest recorded level since the triple core meltdown in March 2011. The reading means a person could die from even brief exposure, ...

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Nuclear waste repository WIPP evacuated after rockfall

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico was evacuated on November 3 after a rockfall outside of the closed southern section. This is reportedly the fourth collapse this year and the first since early October. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), workers in the area of Panel 7 heard a loud noise and ...

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Radioactive iodine leak reported at Halden nuclear reactor, Norway

A nuclear reactor at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) in Halden, southeast Norway leaked radioactive iodine on Monday, October 24, 2016, the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) said. The incident happened at 11:45 UTC (13:45 CET) at the Halden Reactor in Ostfold county, close to the border with Sweden, due to a technical failure during treatment of the fuel in the reactor ...

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Mysterious humming sound coming from the seaflor, northern Canada

The humming sound, apparently coming from the seafloor is alarming local hunters in Nunavut, northern Canada, as it seems to be scaring the marine mammals. The mysterious pinging sound, described also as a “hum” and a “beep” has been reported in Fury and Hecia Strait. The passage is known for the presence of various types of seals and bowhead whales, ...

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Recent advancements in mapping the world’s oceans

The scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, New York, have gathered data from hundreds of research cruises and made a significant contribution to providing easily accessible ocean floor maps to interested people across the globe. The mapping site is capable of finding a location of particular interest, zooming in and providing a user with a topographical map of the ocean floor ...

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New mathematical model maps undiscovered deep water coral reefs

Marine scientists have discovered four new deep-water coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Ireland, by using a new mathematical modeling system which predicted their locations, the Plymouth University announced on October 12, 2015. The modeling system that predicted the occurrence of cold water corals using the power of predictive mathematical models has been developed at Plymouth University.  The discovered coral ...

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Major coral bleaching phenomena now spreads globally, NOAA reports

A third global coral bleaching event was announced by the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on October 8, 2015. The event is expected to be enhanced by the strong El Nino, and will impact about 38% of the world’s coral reefs by the end of this year and kill more than 12 000 square kilometers of reefs (4 ...

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Scientists create the world’s first digital map of the seafloor’s geology

The composition of the seabed, which covers 70% of the Earth’s surface, has been mapped for the first time after 40 years. The research team from the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences has created the world’s first digital map of the seabed’s geology. The most recent map, prior to the digital composition created by the University of Sydney’s scientists, ...

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