Residents of a Russian village near the site of a missile explosion that killed five nuclear engineers last week have been told to evacuate, following a brief spike in radiation levels in the region.
Russian authorities on Tuesday advised everyone in Nyonoksa to temporarily leave the rural community as officials clear the area, an apparent routine measure, according to Russian news agency Interfax.
Thursday's accidental explosion happened on an offshore platform in the
Authorities reported an increase in radiation levels shortly after the explosion, but they said the change was brief and didn't pose health hazards. The country's federal government, however, insisted that no radiation had been released.
The local government in the nearby city of Severodvinsk said the radiation level rose to 2 microsieverts per hour for about 30 minutes on the day of the explosion before going back to the 0.1 microsieverts per hour, the normal level for the area. Emergency officials warned area workers to stay indoors and closed their windows.
The event has sparked comparisons to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, which is considered the worst nuclear accident in history.
In a conference call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman
"Accidents, unfortunately, happen," he said, according to CNN. "They are tragedies. But in this particular case, it is important for us to remember those heroes who lost their lives in this accident."
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