• Short Summary

    SWEDEN, LIKE MANY OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, IS CONDUCTING A SERIES OF RADIOACTIVE FALL-OUT TESTS.

  • Description

    SWEDEN, LIKE MANY OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD, IS CONDUCTING A SERIES OF RADIOACTIVE FALL-OUT TESTS. RECENT FILM SHOWS THE COLLECTION AND ASSESSMENT OF SAMPLES IN STOCKHOLM, AND ELECTRONIC MEDICAL CHECKS ON 200 LAPPS AT JOKKMOKK IN NORTHERN SWEDEN.

    SAMPLES OF NUCLEAR DEBRIS DRIFTING AT HIGH ALTITUDES ARE TAKEN BY AIRCRAFT FITTED WITH AIR FILTER TUBES. A SIMILAR TYPE OF FILTER IS USED TO OBTAIN SAMPLES NEAR THE GROUND.

    AT THE INSTITUTE OF DEFENCE RESEARCH IN STOCKHOLM, THE DUST COLLECTED IN THIS MANNER IS TRANSFERRED TO A CONTAINER TO PREVENT CUMULATIVE CONTAMINATION FROM THE RADIOACTIVITY NORMALLY PRESENT IN THE AIR.

    MEASURING EQUIPMENT, KNOWN AS A GAMMA-SPECTROMETER, DETERMINES THE RADIOACTIVITY LEVEL OF THE SAMPLE. A PHOTO OF TEST MATERIAL TAKEN FROM THE FALL-OUT CAUSED BY A RUSSIAN NUCLEAR EXPLOSION IN 1958 SHOWS ONE OF THE DANGEROUS PARTICLES ENLARGED 1,000 TIMES.

    MEDICAL CHECKS AT JOKKMOKK WERE MADE TO ESTABLISH THE AMOUNT OF RADIOACTIVITY ABSORBED BY THE HUMAN BODY AFTER THE CONSUMPTION OF REINDEER MEAT. EXAMINATION WAS BY ELECTRONIC RADIATION GAUGE, SHIELDED WITH LEAD, UNDER WHICH EACH OF THE 200 LAPPS HAD TO LIE FOR TEN MINUTES. READINGS APPEARED ON AN AUTOMATIC TYPEWRITER. THEY SHOWED THAT NORTH SWEDISH LAPPS HAVE 40 TIMES MORE RADIOACTIVE CAESIUM IN THEIR BODIES THAN PEOPLE IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH SWEDEN.

    SINCE THESE EXAMINATIONS WERE MADE BEFORE THE LATEST RUSSIAN NUCLEAR TESTS, THE RAISED LEVEL WAS TRACED TO FALL-OUT FROM RUSSIAN ARTIC TESTS IN 1958, STORED IN THE MOSS ON WHICH THE LAPPLAND REINDEER GRAZE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3GBROUZFCS6BXBJW334LIHDGP
    Media URN:
    VLVA3GBROUZFCS6BXBJW334LIHDGP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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