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#Nuclear Threat

# nuclear-threat - Tuesday 8 August, 2017

Watch: Donald Trump threatens North Korea with 'fire and fury like the world has never seen' Nuclear Threat This post contains videos

Watch: Donald Trump threatens North Korea with 'fire and fury like the world has never seen'

The threat was made in response to claims that North Korea has become a full nuclear power.

# nuclear-threat - Sunday 16 April, 2017

Kim Jong Un left red-faced as North Korean 'missile test fails' one day after military parade

The failed test comes one day after Pyongyang showed off its military strength at a parade.

# nuclear-threat - Saturday 13 April, 2013

How a shy boy from North Korea became the world's scariest dictator*

# nuclear-threat - Wednesday 3 April, 2013

US deploys missiles as North Korean army gets ‘final approval’ for nuclear attack

The Pentagon said this evening that the US remains “vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations” as it announced the deployment of the missile system.

# nuclear-threat - Wednesday 11 January, 2012

Doomsday Clock moved a minute closer to midnight... Doomsday This post contains videos

Doomsday Clock moved a minute closer to midnight...

Scientists warn that world leaders are failing to make progress over global warming and nuclear weapons.

# nuclear-threat - Monday 30 May, 2011

Israeli minister says strike on Iran could avert nuclear threat

Moshe Yaalon called for “the entire civilised world” to come together to combat the Iranian regime and its nuclear threat.

# nuclear-threat - Wednesday 16 March, 2011

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: A hoax text message spreads panic in Asia, the Taoiseach and Tanaiste head to the USA for Saint Patrick’s Day and how happy twits flock together.

# nuclear-threat - Thursday 12 August, 2010

FEARS ARE growing across Russia as some say that the wildfires blazing across the country may cause radioactive particles to be blown from the nuclear fallout zone in Chernobyl as far as Moscow.

Russian emergency workers have increased forest patrols in a western region in response to the warnings.

Almost 300 new fires have ignited in the country in the last 48 hours alone.

According to Greenpeace, 20 fires – including three in a highly contaminated forest area – have broken out in the Bryansk region, which is about halfway between Chernobyl and Moscow on the northern Ukrainian border with Russia.

When the Chernobyl power plant’s fourth reactor exploded in 1986, Bryansk was sprayed with radioactive isotopes.

Neighbouring Belarus was also contaminated in the blast.

Alexei Yablokov, a member of the Academy of Sciences, has said that if the fires reach contaminated trees and plants in the areas then  radioactive particles could be carried in the wind.

Vladimir Chuprov, head of the energy program at Greenpeace Russia, agreed: “Fires on these territories will without a doubt lead to an increase in radiation,” he said in an interview with The New York Times, “The smoke will spread and the radioactive traces will spread.”

Radiation experts in Europe and Russia are attempting to quell panic, saying that any possible radioactive fallout from the fires burning up contaminated vegetation would be mild.

Exposure to radioactive isotopes caesium-137 and strontium-90 causes an increase in the risk of developing cancer.

Ulrich Abram, a professor in the chemistry department and radiation expert at the Free University of Berlin, in an interview with Deutsche Welle that the chances of inhaling nuclear material are low as the isotopes are relatively heavy and would fall to the ground quickly is swept up by winds.

Abram said that unless people were in the immediate vicinity of the fires there is an extremely remote chance of breathing in nuclear material. For residents of the area, he said that the “overall radiation dosage will not increase significantly”.