A group of scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have published a report in which they state microscopic traces of radioactive Uranium-235 has be detected for the first time in 20 years in Alaska. the substance is usually used to fuel nuclear reactors and in nuclear weapons.
The report states the “highly unusual aerosol particle containing a very small amount of enriched uranium” was discovered about 5 miles in the air above Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. The detection occurred in August of 2016, although it’s unclear why it took the government agency nearly 18 months to disclose the incident.
The report, published in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, states an analysis of wind trajectories and a particle dispersion model showed the radioactivity could have come from several different locations across Asia, including China, Japan, North Korea, or Russia. Due the timing of the detection, the Fukushima nuclear accident has been ruled out as a source, which was deemed to be “not natural.”
Full article: Radioactive Uranium Detected in Alaska (TruNews)