By Sorcha Faal | February 21, 2017

An interesting report released in the Kremlin today by the Ministry of Healthcare (MINZDRAV) is warning that millions of European Union (EU) citizens have been put at “grave risk” due to “botched/sloppy” natural gas pipeline leak tests performed after four devastating earthquakes hit Central Italy on 18 January, and that since that date, has left, at least, over half the continent awash in the deadly radioactive particle Iodine-131. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

Particulate Iodine-131 (value +/- uncertainty) in the atmosphere (µBq/m3)

According to this report, Iodine-131 [“iodes” means violet in Greek] is one of the most feared nuclear fission products when accidentally released into the environment, but whose danger is mitigated due to its having a very short half-life of 8.02-4 days—but as a halogen (similar in structure to chlorine and fluorine), and due to its high volatility, transforms into a unique purple vapour upon contact with air, and since the late 1940’s, has been used a radioactive tracer to discover pipeline leaks.

Iodine-131 exposed to air causes purple vapour

Under the nuclear accident protocols signed between Norway and the Federation’s Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation in 2015, this report continues, the Norwegian energy giant Statoil, this past November, notified the Ministry of Defense (MoD) that they were in preparations to conduct various Iodine-131 leak tests on their natural gas pipelines due to their concerns some of them may have “split/cracked” after a 4.7 magnitude earthquake hit the Sogn og Fjordane region on 9 October (2016).

Location of 4.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Sogn og Fjordane 9 October 2016

On 23 December (2016), this report details, Statoil notified the MoD that it was beginning their Iodine-131 leak tests that they “expected/estimated” would take 3-4 weeks—and that corresponds with US Air Force reports showing that during week 2 of January 2017, this radioactive pipeline tracer was being detected in northern Norway.

On 18 January (2017), however, this report notes, a series of 4 major earthquakes hit Italy—and that joined that EU nations previous major earthquakes over this past year that have killed hundreds and whose recovery cost is over €23billion (£19.5billion, $24.3billion).

Immediately after the 18 January earthquakes in Italy, this report continues, Federation energy giant Gazprom reported that all “normal/usual” natural gas pipeline use in the European Union had ceased for reasons “unknown/unspecified”—and that caused Gazprom to report that its natural gas flow to the EU during the month hit all-time historic records.

In failing to get any information from the EU as to what was occurring with their vast natural pipeline network, this report says, MoD airborne radiation experts began to “alarm/alert” over massive quantities of Iodine-131 being detected over nearly the entire continent.

Of the highest Iodine-131 readings reported by the MoD, this report continues, were surrounding the Periadriatic Seam—that is a distinct geologic fault in Southern Europe, running S-shaped about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) from the Tyrrhenian Sea, through the whole Southern Alps, and as far as Hungary in Eastern Europe.

With the US Air Force confirming that Iodine-131 was detected in Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Spain, until the end of January, this report concludes, what remains mysterious to Ministry of Health officials is why the EU didn’t just simply notify their citizens of these natural gas pipeline tests being conducted—unless, of course, and as always, they are using this type of normal pipeline maintenance to whip up anti-Russian hysteria—and as evidenced by Western propaganda headlines saying “FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE? Dangerous Radioactive Particles Have Been Detected Across Europe And No-One Knows Where They Came From”—that would be impossible to have been generated in Russia due to the fact that winds and weather patterns go from the EU to Russia, not the other way around—with the only exception being if radiation from Russia (like Chernobyl) circulated the entire globe, but with Iodine-131 would be impossible to occur during its half life of 8 days.