Published On: Tue, Aug 13th, 2019

Russia radiation panic: Entire village to be evacuated after mysterious explosion | World | News

Separately it was confirmed that radiation levels were up to 16 times above the norm in the village which has a population of 500.  This comes as ten medics who provided treatment for those wounded in the explosion were reported to have been sent to Moscow for urgent medical checks. The frontline doctors were reported to be “depressed as to why they were not told what they were dealing with” in the aftermath of the weapons test. The medics were not informed that they needed special anti-radiation suits. One surgeon’s clothing was checked after an operation using a radiation measuring device – and found to be seriously contaminated. 

They have been sent to Burnazyan Federal Medical and Biophysical Centre which specialises in conditions caused by radiation, and where wounded scientists from the incident are also being treated.

Russia has denied the evacuation is linked to the last week’s explosion which was on a vessel off the testing zone and claims it was preplanned.

But one local said: “Every month we are taken away from the village. 

“In the past, some people stayed for the duration of these army works, but this time I believe we are all going to leave.”

Locals who include workers at the testing site have been told the evacuation will last one day. 

Russia’s weather monitoring service, said its sensors in Severodvinsk, 20 miles from the Nyonoksa test site, registered gamma radiation exceeding background levels by “four to 16 times”.

Rosgidromet said the levels were higher at six out of eight of its stations in Severodvinsk and that levels returned to normal after two and a half hours. 

Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov refused to confirm that the accident was linked to the Burevestnik missile.

But he told reporters that Russian research and development in the sphere of nuclear-powered missiles “significantly surpass the level reached by other countries and are rather unique.”

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