A worrying spike in radiation levels has been detected across Europe recently, sparking fears that Vladimir Putin’s military have secretly carried out an Arctic nuke test.
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Now it looks as though the US Air Force is investigating, as they sent a special WC-135 Constant Phoenix to RAF Mildenhalll, whose main mission is to detect and identify nuclear explosions. Previously, the WC-135 has also been used to track radioactive activity as it did after the Chernobyl disaster back in 1986.
Although there has been no confirmation from the US military as to why the WC-135 has been deployed in that specific region, sources suggest that it has in fact been tasked with investigating the spike in radiation levels, which were first detected in northern Europe this January.
Some respected websites speculate that there are mounting fears that Russia has been testing its nuclear power in the midst of growing tension, with many stating that the spike is “proof,” despite the fact that there is a lack of recorded seismic activity. Whether this is true or not, the deployment of the WC aircraft to the UK does seem to at least add weight to the theory.
Meanwhile, officials from varying countries have said it’s more likely to be linked to an unreported pharmaceutical mishap.
While the radiation spike first occurred in January, officials in Finland and France have only just gone public with the information, announcing that after it was first discovered in Norway, it then appeared in Finland, Poland, Czechia (Czech Republic), Germany, France and Spain, until the end of January.
In case you’re worried, apparently the actual amount of radioactive Iodine-131 found in ground-level atmosphere raises no health concerns, according France’s nuclear safe authority. However, it does raise concerns as to where exactly it has come from. Hopefully it was, as suggested, a “mishap” and not a warning of what’s to come.
Although with Donald Trump with his finger on the button, who knows what our future holds?