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    Five Russian nuclear agency workers killed in a blast while testing 'jet propulsion system'

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/10/europ...ntl/index.html

    Five employees of Russia's atomic agency have been killed in a blast at a military test site in northern Russia, the state-run Rosatom said Saturday.

    The five were killed "while testing a liquid jet propulsion system," Rosatom, which oversees all Russian nuclear projects, said in a statement on its website.

    It added three more people were injured in the incident on Thursday and "have burns of varying severity."

    The agency told Tass, a Russian state-run news agency, that the explosion occurred during a missile test on an offshore platform near Severodvinsk. The town in the Arkhangelsk region is home to a naval base and a shipyard. Authorities said the port has been closed off after the incident.

    "After the tests were completed, the rocket fuel ignited and detonated," Rosatom said, adding that the explosion threw several employees into the sea. "The search continued until there was no hope left (that) survivors will be found," it said, according to Tass.

    The Russian Defense Ministry said at the time that two people died while testing the liquid jet propulsion system and that no dangerous substances were released into the atmosphere.

    "The tragedy occurred during works related to the engineering and technical support of isotopic sources in a liquid propulsion system," the ministry said in a statement.

    However, local authorities in Severodvinsk released a statement Thursday that said there was a radiation spike following the blast. That statement has since been deleted from the official website.

    A spokesperson for the Severodvinsk administration told RBC, a Russian daily business newspaper, that the statement had been removed from the website "as the situation is being handled by the Ministry of Defense."

    The local authorities said sensors in Severodvinsk "recorded a short-term increase in the radiation background" at 11:50 a.m. local time (4:50 a.m. ET) on Thursday.

    The statement went on to say the radiation level decreased between 11:50 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. local time. It added that by 2 p.m. the radiation levels in Severodvinsk had returned to normal.

    A number of pharmacies in the region, including chains Apteka29 and VITA, said they've experienced shortages of iodine tablets after local residents rushed to buy them following the blast.

    According to the World Health Organization, potassium iodide can help reduce the risk of radiation sickness by preventing the accumulation of radioactive iodine in the thyroid.

    The blast near Severodvinsk is one of the three incidents which took place in Russia this week as two explosions rocked an ammunition storage facility in the Krasnoyarsk region injuring dozens.
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    It seems to have been a failed test of their nuclear powered missile. That would explain the radiation spike following the explosion. And why the area was closed to shipping for an indefinite period.

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/world...utin-chernobyl

    But now respected analyst Yulia Latynina has claimed the weapon that exploded was another ultra-modern missile, the Burevestnik, the existence of which was revealed by the Kremlin leader last year.

    “If it was the Burevestnik, then the inner parts of its nuclear reactor – or, most likely, the liquid flowing there – ended up outside,” she wrote.

    This was “just like the inner parts of the Chernobyl reactor which were thrown around the station’s territory by the explosion.”

    US arms control expert Jeffrey Lewis has also surmised that the blast was linked to Burevestnik tests.

    Russia’s atomic agency Rosatom has revealed that a rocket engine test was underway and the accident involved "isotope power sources”.

    Separately, it has emerged that at least two corpses of top secret nuclear workers were blown into the sea by the force of the blast in the waters of Nenoksa missile testing range.

    Three more bodies were recovered and will be buried tomorrow (MON).

    It is believed six injured scientists were moved to Moscow in ambulances with radiation protection.
    Missiles with on-board nuclear reactors are probably not a good idea. More dangerous than just a nuclear warhead in the event of a failure (or a success).


    https://thediplomat.com/2019/02/russ...ruise-missile/

    Russia conducted a partially successful test of its developmental nuclear-powered cruise missile, the Burevestnik, on January 29, 2019, according to U.S. government sources with knowledge of Russia’s weapons programs who spoke to the The Diplomat. The test took place at Russia’s Kapustin Yar missile test range and is the thirteenth to date involving the missile.

    The test marks the first involving the Burevestnik in nearly one year. The missile had not been tested since February 2018. According to one source, U.S. intelligence assesses that Russia’s development efforts on the missile continues. The United States intelligence community internally calls the missile the KY30 or the SSC-X-9 SKYFALL.

    The Burevestnik was first tested at Kapustin Yar in June 2016. According to U.S. military intelligence, only one test of the missile has been moderately successful to date. That test took place in November 2017 from Russia’s Pank’ovo test site in Novaya Zemlya and resulted in recovery mission involving specialized Russian ship crews to retrieve the missile’s debris and nuclear materials from the Barents Sea after a crash.
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    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49339895

    Russia says rocket explosion caused 16-fold radiation spike


    Radiation levels near the site of a deadly rocket explosion in Russia's far north spiked 16 times above normal, Russia's weather service has said.

    Rosgidromet measured radiation levels in the port city of Severodvinsk after the blast.

    Even at the higher levels, the radiation would have posed little damage to humans, nuclear experts say.

    Five scientists were killed and three injured in the accident on Thursday at a military facility in the White Sea.

    A nuclear-powered engine was being tested near the village of Nyonoksa, to the west of Severodvinsk, Russia's state nuclear agency Rosatom said.

    Readings for gamma radiation at six testing stations in Severodvinsk, a city of 180,000 people, ranged from 4 to 16 times the normal rate of 0.11 microsieverts per hour, Rosgidromet said.

    A reading of 1.78 microsieverts per hour was detected at one station, well above normal but below dangerous levels.

    The weather service's findings contradict initial reports form Severodvinsk officials.

    Authorities in Severodvinsk, 47km (29 miles) east of Nyonoksa, said that radiation levels shortly after the blast were higher than normal for about 40 minutes but returned to normal. In contrast, Rosgidromet said the spike lasted for two-and-a-half hours.

    The explosion sparked panic among locals, with some rushing to buy medical iodine, which can limit the effects of radiation.

    Pharmacies' stocks of iodine were reported to be running out in the cities of Arkhangelsk and Severodvinsk.

    On Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to elaborate on the details of the test, only telling reporters "accidents, unfortunately, happen".

    He said, however, that Russia's nuclear engineering sector "significantly outstrips the level that other countries have managed to reach for the moment".
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