永利注册:Fears of Arctic Chernobyl put Norway on alert

 作者:能椠     |      日期:2019-03-03 03:17:09
Norway has virtually doubled the number of its stations monitoring radio-active fallout. The first two were established in 1988, after the Chernobyl disaster, in the northernmost provinces of Tromso and Finnmark. Nine new stations were opened this month in the same area, to bring the total to 19 stations across mainland Norway, plus one at Ny Aalesund on Svalbard (Spitzbergen) island, 600 kilometres north of the mainland. Thor Christian Berg of the Norwegian Institute for Air Research, which operates the network, says there is ‘more and more awareness’ among the population of northern Norway about the proximity of Russian nuclear-powered submarines around Russia’s Kola peninsula. The monitoring stations will generate readings every three hours, indicating the type and quantity of radiation, says Berg. Alarms will sound if airborne radioactivity rises suddenly. Eventually, a further 60 stations will be set up across Norway. Among its neighbours, Finland has 130 monitoring stations, Sweden 36 and Denmark 11, says Berg. Norwegian fears of an ‘Arctic Chernobyl’ tem mostly from the possibility of a marine disaster. These anxieties have increased in recent months, after unconfirmed reports of leaks from the reactors of the Soviet submarine Komsomolets, which sank in April 1989 off Bear Island,