BREAKING: Locals in the Russian city of Severodvinsk have been told to take iodine tablets and stay indoor after massive explosion at nuclear test site days ago. Radiation levels have reportedly been detected. Residents only told an ‘incident’ took place.
Locals in the Russian city of Severodvinsk have been told to take iodine tablets and stay indoor after massive explosion at #nuclear test site days ago. #Radiation levels have reportedly been detected. Residents only told an 'incident' took place. #Russia pic.twitter.com/5pRNirWdeF
— Alternative News (@NewsAlternative) August 9, 2019
“NUKE BLAST PANIC Radiation leak in Russia after huge explosion at ballistic missile testing facility”
The military unit where the fire occurred is located in the village of Nenoksa, near Arkhangelsk, where ballistic missiles are tested for the Russian Navy.
The blast at the military training ground near Arkhangelsk was due to a jet engine exploding, the press service of the Ministry of Defence said.
A source told RIA News in Russia: “Hospitals in the Arkhangelsk region are ready for the possible reception of the victims of the incident near Nenoksa.”
Russian officials initially tried to play down the radiation leak, saying the levels were normal.
A statement from the ministry said: “During testing of a liquid jet engine an explosion and combustion of the product occurred.
“As a result of the event, six defence ministry officials and developer company representatives received injuries of varying severity. Two specialists died from their injuries.
“There have been no harmful chemicals released into the atmosphere, the radiation levels are normal.”
But regional authorities later admitted there had been a “short-term” spike in radiation levels after the explosion.
The Russian city of Arkhangelsk is the north-east of Russia and was once the country’s main seaport until 1703.
DEVELOPING: Hazmat team was checking the medical evacuation helicopter and its patients after it evacuated injured personnel from the explosion at a nuclear test site in Severodvinsk, Russia. Radiation detected in the area pic.twitter.com/rDcVqCk5AE
— BNL NEWS (@BreakingNLive) August 8, 2019