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Britain getting radioactive dust from Sahara’s old French bombing?

text ionisingAlgerian desert dust infected with French bomb radioactivity  Dear Kitty , some blog By David flag-UKLowry in Britain:
Is Saharan dust radioactive?  4th April 2014

As Britain is blanketed in a layer of desert sand, DAVID LOWRY asks whether it could be contaminated by fallout from French nuclear tests in Algeria more than 50 years ago

South-easterly winds have coated Britain in a toxic Saharan dust cloud.

Combined with domestic pollution, the sand has caused air quality to plummet and engulfed many parts of the country in smog-like conditions.

But one unreported aspect of the Saharan dust is that it could be radioactive.

French nuclear testing in Algeria, conducted during the height of the independence struggle, spread radioactive fallout across southern Europe in the early 1960s – and the radioactivity that settled on the desert could have been resuspended in this natural fallout event over Britain.

It’s recently been revealed that atmospheric spread of the radioactive fallout was much larger than the French army admitted at the time.

New reports by the France 24 TV station suggest that the fallout from the tests at Reggane in central Algeria stretched across all of west Africa, across the Mediterranean and up to southern Europe.

The information came to light following appeals from military veterans who say their current ill health is linked to exposure to dangerous levels of radiation.

France‘s first nuclear device “Gerboise Bleue” (Blue Jerboa) was more than three times as powerful as the bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945.

Thirteen days after it was detonated, in February 1960, radioactive particles ranged from the Central African Republic to Sicily and southern Spain.

At the time the French military authorities said the fallout from the explosion was limited to the desert and that radiation levels were “generally low.”

But associations representing military veterans of France’s nuclear tests in the 1960s and 1970s are demanding that the government admits it knew that the fallout from Saharan tests was dangerous.

“In the 1960s the norms governing acceptable levels of radiation were much less strict than they are now,” said Bruno Barillot, an expert in nuclear tests who is representing veterans’ groups.

“And the medical evidence we have now shows clearly that exposure to this radiation can set off serious illnesses more than three decades later,” he told Le Parisien.

Barillot added that the declassified documents showed that the army at the time was aware that even the 1960s safety levels were largely surpassed and that significant quantities of airborne radioactive particles, particularly iodine 131 and caesium 137, could have been inhaled by large numbers of people in north Africa.

He also complained that the government had been extremely selective in terms of what documents to release………..

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April 5, 2014 - Posted by | environment, UK


  1. shows a break in some monitors in europe on the 1st of April about lunch time.. So it could be a sneaky release from a nuke power station or re-prepossessing plant.. It could even be both as the nukes would use such pollution to hide the release so as to be able to low ball the annual emission numbers.. this is very common.. as only some monitors were switched off and they are gamma based it makes me think the worst rads might be local to Europe.. but added beta from Sahara is also possible.. SPREADING THE LOVE!!??

    Comment by arclight2011part2 | April 5, 2014 | Reply

  2. blimey it was hungary all along.. lots of beta around europe (up to 7 beqerel per litre and lots of high hits to nearly a microsievert around hungary.. with about 0.30 mcSv/hr in Poland and croatia

    heres the evidence (make sure you expand the time to a month)
    Poland (Lesko monitor)

    PL0107 – LESKO (Poland)

    HR2003 – #03 SVETI KRIZ (Croatia)

    LTCS01 – LT CUSAM 01 (Lithuania)

    HU0221 – VESZPREM (Hungary)

    Eurdep quickly removed tale tale isotope choices as i was using it (PRISM)
    but i snagged some isotope charts anyway.. they evidence is hungary as the emissions in poland and croatia are the same with a similar distance (geography and meteorological conditions taken into account)

    Comment by arclight2011part2 | April 5, 2014 | Reply

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