According to a report, the Russian authorities have advised residents of a village to leave the village while cleanup operations are being carried out nearby after a mysterious rocket accident last week caused a temporary increase in radiation.
Russia's Rosatom Nuclear Power Station The agency said five of its employees had been killed in the August 8 explosion in a naval facility testing ballistic missiles used by nuclear submarines. At least three people were injured.
The workers supported the "isotope power source" of a rocket and were thrown into the water by the explosion from the test platform in the White Sea.
Next The Interfax news agency called on local officials on Tuesday to inform them that they had received notification of clean-up by the military authorities.
"In this regard, the inhabitants of Nyonoksa were asked to leave the village area from the 1
The weather monitoring service Rosgidromet announced on Tuesday that its sensors are located in Severodvinsk – about 30 km from the proving ground – have registered on the day of the explosion radiation that exceeds the background by four to 16 times.
The service reported that levels at six of eight stations in Severodvinsk were higher and returned to normal at 2.5 hours.
One of the sensors registered a level of 1.78 microsieverts per hour, well above the local average, well below dangerous levels.
The explosion caused panic, and local residents rushed to buy iodide, which can help limit exposure to radiation.
After the explosion, the Russian authorities also closed part of Dwina Bay on the White Sea Sea for a month for shipping, which could be an attempt to deter outsiders from recovering rocket waste.
Rosatom's mention of a "nuclear isotope energy source" led some Russian media to conclude that it was the Burevestnik (Petrel), a nuclear-powered marching missile used by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his March 2018 speech President of the Russian Federation for the first time revealed, along with other missile missiles, known by NATO as SSC-X-9 Skyfall.
The spokesman for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, did not confirm on Tuesday that the accident was related to the Burevestnik project.
Peskov added, however, that Rus sian research and development in the field of nuclear missiles "greatly surpass other countries' levels and are quite unique".
Lawrence Korb, former US Secretary of Defense, who has worked with Russia on nuclear issues and arms control, told Al Jazeera that the so-called Skyfall weapon is considered "a very dangerous thing" by most experts in the US.
"Theoretically, that sounds great, but as we've seen in this accident," It's much easier said than done, and the chances of accidents are great because you have a nuclear-powered nuclear weapon. So that's a very dangerous thing, "Korb said.
" The US tried this in the sixties and seventies, but they gave up because they realized it just did not work, was not needed, and was very dangerous . "
Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen, who reported from Moscow on Tuesday, said the information had only surfaced five days after the explosion, causing much confusion and the emergence of Conspiracy Theories Triggered
[residents] were told to leave this village within the next 24 hours, other authorities in the area said it was utter nonsense, there had never been an evacuation order, "said Vaessen.
"What we have seen Over the last five days, it has been shown that news and reports from various authorities conflict with each other, so we do not know exactly what is going on."
The local authorities in Severodvinsk published in the Vaessen added that the physicians who treated the victims of the explosion were taken to a Moscow hospital for testing purposes were unclear what kind of tests are being performed, but it is happening. According to a report, it will take three days for the results to be known, "Vaessen said.
US President Donald Trump took a close look at the explosion on Twitter on Monday." The US learns a lot from the failed rocket explosion. "and claimed that Washington has" similar, if more advanced, technology. "
The US and the Soviet Union thought about nuclear missiles in the 1960s, but considered these projects too unstable and dangerous.