Radioactive Xenon-133 Detected in Korea, Las Vegas

“A small amount of radioactive xenon, believed to have come from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, has been detected by a South Korean detection station, South Korea’s Nuclear Safety Information Center said Monday.”

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/03/81398.html

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan’s damaged nuclear plant have reached Las Vegas, but scientists say it poses no health risk.

Extremely small amounts of the radioactive isotopes iodine-131 and xenon-133 reached a monitoring station by the city’s Atomic Testing Museum this week, said Ted Hartwell, manager of the Desert Research Institute’s Community Environmental Monitoring Program.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hdd_KXu88NqSZMC0OyvZRdHg-IMg?docId=419047f3c1c64b6298e63cc22c3722c4

Under adverse conditions, relatively high concentrations of radioactive xenon isotopes may be found emanating from nuclear reactors due to the release of fission products from cracked fuel rods,[71] or fissioning of uranium in cooling water.[72]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenon

more:

http://news.google.com/news/search?aq=f&pz=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&q=xenon-133

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2 Responses to “Radioactive Xenon-133 Detected in Korea, Las Vegas”

  1. youareanidiot@hotmai.com Says:

    1/23,000 of Xenon that naturally exist in the nature was detected. So… isn’t it from the nature?

  2. Xenon is a naturally occuring element but xe 133 is a product of nuclear fission inside a reactor so it is the smoking gun proof of containment fail.

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