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.”

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.

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]


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

  1. 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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