Hungary detects minimal rise in iodine activity

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 11 Nov 2011 14:28 GMT
Author: Reuters
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BUDAPEST, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Hungary detected a very minimal increase in radioactive iodine 131 at two monitoring stations last week but the levels registered do not pose a public health risk, the head of the Hungarian Radiobiology Research Institute said on Friday.

"A very minimal increase in activity was registered (in Hungary) on Nov. 5 ... but this is far below the levels found after Fukushima," Dr Geza Safrany, director of the institute told Reuters.

He said the increase was registered at monitoring stations in the capital Budapest and the eastern town of Miskolc.

"For the time being the source of the leakage cannot be determined. It certainly does not pose a health risk," he said.

Safrany added that it was unlikely Hungary would be the source of the leakage as it was detected in several places in Europe. He said the institute would perform the next measurement over the weekend. (Reporting by Gergely Szakacs; Editing by Anthony Barker)