Radioactive particles are detected across Europe, and scientists have no idea where they came from
German officials say that a spike in radioactivity has been detected in the air in western and central Europe.
Elevated levels of the isotope Ruthenium-106 have been reported in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France since September 29.
The source of the Ruthenium-106 is still unknown, but calculations indicate it may have been released in eastern Europe.
Experts from Germany’s Federal Office for Radiation Protection (FORP) raised the alarm yesterday, after five Weather Service stations detected traces of the particle.
This follows air monitoring stations across the continent recording an increase in the isotope.