11/17/2011 Radiation Mystery Solved? Budapest 'Probably' the Source
Source: ABC News
by: LEE FERRAN and DRAGANA JOVANOVIC
Chain Bridge and Houses of Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, are seen in this elevated view. (Getty Images)
Nuclear officials said today they believe they have traced the source of a massive, but harmless, radiation plume that has spread across the atmosphere in Europe to an institute in Hungary, but the head of the institute disagrees.
The Hungary Atomic Energy Authority said the Budapest-based Institute of
Isotopes was "most probably" the source of the continued leak of trace
amounts of Iodine-131 into the atmosphere, according to a statement by the International Atomic Energy Institute. Last week the IAEA first announced
they received reports of trace iodine-131 detections from countries
"across Europe," but had no idea from where the radiation was leaking.