The Institute for Public Health issued a statement after a report of a spike in gamma radiation in Kriva Palanka quickly spread online. A European Commission research center published the report painting Macedonia as a spot where uniquely high radiation was measured.

Kriva Palanka is a town on the border with Bulgaria, which prompted speculations that radioactive cargo was taken there on two occassions, on June 20th and 25th.

According to the Institute, the reason for the measurement is a defect in the Kriva Palanka station.
– We had malfunction on two stations, in Kriva Palanka and Berovo, and they are being repaired. The peaks are not due to real radiation, the Institute for Public Health informed.