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10:35  19 august  2019
10:35  19 august  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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“The Russian government ultimately let it be known: OK this wasn’t just any sort of rocket that had exploded, this was some sort of nuclear explosion involving But accurate wordings probably don’t go down well with the ‘ Russia nuclear threat’ narrative MSNBC want to convey, so no surprise about that.

Two Russian monitoring stations designed to detect nuclear radiation went silent soon after the explosion at a missile test site this month, spurring concerns among observers that the Russian Outages spur concerns by experts that Russia is trying to restrict evidence of the explosion.

A nuclear official said in an email Sunday that two Russian nuclear monitoring stations—specifically designed to detect radiation— “went silent” in the days following an explosion by what many believe was a nuclear-powered missile earlier this month during tests at a remote base.

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Russia has belatedly admitted that the mystery explosion which released radiation into the air last Thursday, triggering warning alerts across towns near the northern port cities of Arkhangelsk and Severodvinsk, involved a “small-scale nuclear reactor”.

Lassina Zerbo, the head of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test  Ban Treaty Organization, told The Wall Street Journal in an email that two days after the explosion, the monitoring stations in Kirov and Dubna suffered “communication and network issues.”

There have been reports that Russia has not been fully transparent about what occurred at a military base in the far northern Arkhangelsk region. The initial report from the country’s nuclear agency said that five workers were killed in a rocket engine explosion. The Guardian reported that radiation levels in Severodvinsk, a nearby city, increased 20 times above normal for about a half hour after the explosion.

It has been reported that residents in the area have been stocking up on iodine, which helps reduce the effects of radiation exposure.

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Nuclear watchdog: Russia has resumed sharing radiation data Russia has resumed sharing data from its radiation monitoring stations in Siberia after some were taken offline following a deadly explosion at a missile range, a nuclear weapons watchdog said Tuesday. © Provided by The Associated Press This photo taken on Oct. 7, 2018, shows a village of Nyonoksa, northwestern Russia. The Aug. 8, 2019, explosion of a rocket engine at the Russian navy's testing range just outside Nyonoksa led to a brief spike in radiation levels and raised new questions about prospective Russian weapons.

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Two days later, Russia’s state-controlled nuclear agency Rosatom acknowledged that the explosion occurred on an offshore platform during tests of a “nuclear isotope power source,” and that it killed five nuclear engineers and injured three others. It’s still not clear whether those casualties were in addition to the earlier dead and injured.

Russia nuclear monitoring sites lost contact after mystery blast: report© FoxNews.com The Russian government is downplaying the deadly nuclear explosion suspected to be a failed missile test; Lucas Tomlinson reports.

H.I. Sutton, a contributor to Forbes, reported that there has been speculation about what exactly Russia was testing at the time of the explosion. One theory, according to the report, is that Moscow was testing a “mega-torpedo,” which are reportedly 30 times larger than torpedoes considered “heavyweight.”

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The report said, “Launched from a large submarine, potentially from under the protection of the arctic ice cap, it would virtually have unlimited range and Russia claims that it will run so deep that it cannot realistically be countered with existing weapons.”

President Trump took to Twitter and said the U.S. is "learning" from the missile explosion and said the U.S. has more advanced technology but did not elaborate.

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