- Russia said the explosion in Russia's Surodonisk town was due to a new missile test.
- The blast occurred on Thursday, August 7, killing seven people.
- The Russian Defense Ministry said that no explosive material had been released after the incident.
Russia said the explosion in Russia’s Surodonisk town was due to a new missile test. But more details are gradually emerging, indicating that the explosion at the military base had “nuclear characteristics.” Days after an explosion at a military base near the town of Sorodinovsk in northwestern Russia, Russian officials acknowledge more details about the blast.
The blast occurred on Thursday, August 7, killing seven people. In the early hours after the blast, two people were reported killed. The blast was then reported to have killed five people and was later said to have killed seven people. Russian officials first said the explosion occurred while testing some new fuel.
An explosion on the White Sea surface in Niyonovskaya occurred 5 kilometers from the city of Sorodovsk. The Russian Defense Ministry said that no explosive material had been released after the incident. The allegation came as a spokesman for the city of Surodonisk officially announced that the level of radioactive radiation had risen after the blast. News that was quickly removed from the pages of Russian news agencies.
The highest level of normal radiation
News about the increase in radioactive radiation has raised widespread concern among 7,000 residents and has made iodine tablets scarce in the city. Russian officials released the news two days after the blast about rising nuclear radiation.
The Russian Atom company had been commissioned to test the “isotopic energy source” for the Russian missile program. According to the American Institute of International Research in Midlobri, the test involved a Burewestnik 9M730 missile. The missiles, first introduced in February this year by Russian President Vladimir Putin, are known in NATO as SSC-X-9 Skyfall.
According to information released by the Institute for Nuclear Research in Moscow, isotopic energy sources are primarily used in space and do not pose a threat to humans. The institute has also said that the radiation they emit is also not comparable to that caused by an explosion in an atomic reactor.
However, most people who remember Chernobyl know that Soviet officials at that time also tried to minimize the dangers of the Chernobyl blast. When the explosion occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, five people were killed and hundreds more died in the aftermath of the nuclear fallout. High levels of radioactivity were present in large swathes of Soviet territory and parts of Europe for years. Efforts to build a protective dome that could prevent the radiation from spreading have failed.
US military experts suspected that the North Russian blast occurred while testing a new type of cruise missile nuclear fuel. Residents at the test site received enough iodine tablets, according to media reports. But in the Arkhangelsk and Surodonisk pharmacies, two towns near the site of the explosion, iodine tablets were scarce. Iodine tablets reduce the damage of the atomic radiation on the respiratory system.
Arkhangelsk and Surodonisk are reported to have measured radioactive radiation on-site with privately-manufactured devices. After the measurements, they said that the amount of radioactive radiation had increased.
International environmental organizations have also expressed concern about the Russian blast and radioactive accident. A Russian branch of the Greenpeace environmental NGO has called for a re-examination of the situation in the area.