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Radioactive particles to hit Europe today, German expert says

The Local · 23 Mar 2011, 08:31

Published: 23 Mar 2011 08:31 GMT+01:00

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In recent days experts have measured the spread of radioactivity from the nuclear crisis at Fukushima first in California, then in Iceland, head of the BfS gauging station near Freiburg, Erich Wirth, told broadcaster MDR INFO.

“And from there it’s no longer far off from Central Europe,” he said.

Still, the radioactivity will be “very, very low,” he added.

“Practically the contamination won’t rise,” he told the station.

So far levels have not risen in Germany, the expert said, adding that the great distance between the country and Japan would likely mean only a slight increase in radioactivity.

Japan continues to struggle to contain a nuclear meltdown following a massive 9.0-earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Citizens living nearby have been evacuated and this week officials in Japan measured high levels of radioactivity on vegetables grown in the country.

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Last week reports said that fears over radiation had prompted a rush on Geiger counters in Germany, where manufactures said they were sold out of the radiation measuring devices.


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Your comments about this article

16:22 March 23, 2011 by berfel
"Japan continues to struggle to contain a nuclear meltdown"

That's delusional. There never was a meltdown. The IAEA would have reported it.


Nope. Nothing in there.

Here's a summary in German:


This is another major failure of the main stream media, including those in Germany, to ACCURATELY report on global events. When the so-called "news" media make stuff up, they lose all credibility and people switch off.

Now, tell me what happens if there's something REAL that actually important to tell the public need to know urgently. With a media machine that's spinning its wheels with people either not watching or ignoring real news as hyperbole from a bunch of crazies.

Who in the media will accept the consequences?
23:12 March 24, 2011 by Talonx
@ Berfel

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you aren't a native English speaker.

'Contain' means 'hold off', 'prevent', and 'stop'. There is no implication that a meltdown has occured.
04:22 March 25, 2011 by Marjie
@ Talonx: SHUT UP!!!

transitive verb

1: to keep within limits: as a : restrain, control b : check, halt c : to follow successfully a policy of containment toward d : to prevent (as an enemy or opponent) from advancing or from making a successful attack

@ Befel: YOU SHUT UP TOO!!!
16:23 March 25, 2011 by berfel
@Talonx. I'm not a native speaker. But it's been my first language since 1968.

"to contain" presupposes an existing state. There has been no meltdown reported by IAEA.

Just because there's over-heating, doesn't mean that there's been a meltdown. The two are separated by about 1000 °C and there isn't enough decay energy remaining even in the reactor core, to produce anything more than a marginal melting at the top of the fuel rods; if there were no liquid water in the reactor vessel at all.

The containment vessel of the reactor is designed to contain a meltdown. There isn't enough decay energy to allow the reactor core to melt through containment. At TMI, the actual meltdown melted no more than about 10 mm of the 100 mm thick steel containment vessel.

@Marjie: Why? And so SHOUTY!?

Are you uncomfortable with not living under a false threat?

The lie keeps being repeated. Despite what IAEA keeps putting on its press releases.

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