Russia nuclear explosions: Radiation monitoring sites lost contact after mystery blast

Lassina Zerbo, head of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation, told The Wall Street Journal in an email that the monitoring stations in Kirov and Dubna “went silent” after the explosion earlier this month. Mr Zerbo said that both monitoring stations suffered “communication and network issues”. Nice the nuclear explosion at a military base in Kamenka, residents who live nearby have stocked up on iodine, a chemical made infamous in the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine for dissolving the symptoms of mass radiation sickness.

Bizarrely, the missile explosion sparked claims two of the five scientists’ bodies had vanished in the aftermath of the incident.

However, Russia’s nuclear energy cooperation said two of the bodies of five research workers killed in the latest explosion, which took place on Thursday, have been hurled into the sea after they disappeared.

The five were killed when a rocket engine test went wrong triggering a biblical explosion caught on camera by a terrified resident that felt it miles away.

Rosatom said in a statement the men’s bodies have been thrown into the sea.

The statement read: “After the explosion, some Rosatom employees were thrown into the sea.”

The statement added: “They were searched for while there was a hope to find them alive.”

The move raises questions first over why the explosions occurred and secondly, whether the bodies may have been contaminated.

The workers have yet to be formally identified, but Russia has released the family names – Yanovsky and Lipshev – of the bodies discarded.

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Rotasom said the radiation explosion happened on an offshore platform.

The family names of the others who died have had their full names released by Moscow.

They are Yevgeny Korotayev, Sergey Pichugin and Vladislav Yanovskiy.

The workers, Rotasom claim, will be buried on Monday.


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Up to 15 were wounded in the accident and “all of them received serious doses of radiation” during an accident involving “isotope power sources”.

Some are known to have been flown to Moscow for treatment.

Initially, civilian authorities in nearest city reported a “spike” in radiation which was later said to have radially dissipated.

A Russian nuclear expert told the BBC that the Russian Ministry of Defence has refused to disclose the details behind the mysterious lockdown of the base.

Dr Mark Galeotti said the incident was “clearly a bigger issue than the Russians are letting on”.

The incidents come days after it was reported the infamous Chernobyl nuclear power plant will have a new “sarcophagus” contracted over it, following fears the one contracted in 1986 in the immediate aftermath of the explosion risks collapsing due to the huge amount of concrete involved.

When the Chernobyl explosion happened in Ukraine, it was ruled all RMBK nuclear reactors would be banned in the Soviet Union. The USSR collapsed in 1992.

Russia has sparked panic following an eerie spate of nuclear blasts that took place over the course of a week.

The explosions have leaked radiation and sparked evacuations.

The other two explosions were in Krasnoyarsk and saw eight people injured and a Russian solider killed and the other was in Arkhangelsk.

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