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Spike in airborne radioactivity detected in Europe

October 05, 2017 09:54 AM

BERLIN (AP) — German officials say that a spike in radioactivity has been detected in the air in Western and Central Europe but there's no threat to human health.

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The Federal Office for Radiation Protection said Thursday that elevated levels of the isotope Ruthenium-106 have been reported in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France since Sept. 29.

Spokesman Jan Henrik Lauer told The Associated Press the source of the Ruthenium-106 isn't known but calculations indicate it may have been released in eastern Europe.

Ruthenium-106 is used for radiation therapy to treat eye tumors, and sometimes as a source of energy to power satellites.

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