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A radioactive leak has been detected at Ukraine’s Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant, the largest in Europe, a media report says, citing the country’s emergency services. The report claims that levels of radiation are 16 times the legally permitted norm. LifeNews published a leaked report by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, which denies an earlier assessment by the plant’s authorities that the radiation at the facility is equal to the natural background following an incident on Sunday.
I wonder if the operators of the facility will be transparent about developments? After Fuki somehow I doubt it..
originally posted by: Hoosierdaddy71
The radiation levels are still very low even at 16 times norm.
On Sunday, one reactor at the plant was automatically shut down after a glitch, becoming the second halt in operations in recent weeks. The reactor was running at 40 percent of nominal power, the plant's official website said, adding that radiation at the facility being at the level of 8-12 microroentgens an hour.
I remember reading somewhere that some European cities have microroentgen levels around 20 just from radiation in the rocks.
When the numbers become rads and not micro rads, thats when you need to be concerned.
Just for reference, An exposure of 500 roentgens (~5 Sv) in five hours is usually lethal for human beings.
Thats 500,000 microroentgen