A nuclear official said in an email Sunday that two Russian nuclear monitoring stations – specifically designed to detect radiation – were "silent" in the days following the explosion, according to many that a nuclear missile earlier this month tested in
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Lasina Zerbo, head of the Organization for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, told the Wall Street Journal in an email two days after the explosion suffered from 'communication problems and the network. "
There are reports that Russia is not fully transparent about what happened at a military base in the region of far northern Arkhangelsk. An initial report from the country's nuclear agency said five workers were killed in a rocket engine explosion. The Guardian reports that radiation levels in Severodvinsk, a nearby city, have increased 20 times the norm in about half an hour after the explosion.
It has been reported that residents in the area stock up on iodine, which helps reduce the effects of radiation.
Two days later, the Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom acknowledged that the explosion occurred on an offshore platform during "nuclear isotope source" tests and that it killed five nuclear engineers and injured three others. It is not yet clear whether these victims were in addition to the earlier dead and injured.
ZI. Sutton, a Forbes contributor, said there was speculation about exactly what Russia tested during the explosion. One theory, according to his analysis, is that Moscow has tested a "mega-torpedo" nearby, which is reported to be 30 times larger than underwater torpedoes considered "heavy-duty".
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The report says: "Launched by a large submarine, potentially under the protection of the Arctic ice cap, it will practically have unlimited reach and Russia claims to run so deep that
President Trump took to Twitter and said that the United States was "learning" from the rocket explosion and said that the United States had more advanced technology but had not improved