Worldwide

Five killed in Russian 'liquid jet propultion

Five killed in Russian 'liquid jet propultion”

The rocket's fuel caught fire after the test, causing it to detonate and the explosion threw several people into the sea, it said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies. In a statement, Rosatom said the accident killed five of its staff and injured three, who suffered burns and other injuries.

Rostacom said the accident on Thursday occurred during tests on a liquid propellant rocket engine at the site in Nyonoksa, the BBC reported.

Rosatom's statement didn't say exactly what hardware was involved, but the New York Times pointed to clues that it might have been an experimental weapon.

Rosatom said that its nuclear specialists were at the missile testing site to provide engineering and technical support in the aftermath of the accident.

The Russian Defense Ministry said at the time that two people died while testing the liquid jet propulsion system and that no unsafe substances were released into the atmosphere.

Although the defence ministry initially said that no harmful chemicals were released into the atmosphere and that radiation levels were unchanged, authorities in the nearby city of Severodvinsk reported what they described as a brief spike in radiation. An increase in background radiation was registered on the test site, but the measurements are said to have soon returned to normal.

More news: Science contest Star Track, initiated by Max Polyakov, reveals new space genius

Greenpeace cited data from the Emergencies Ministry that it said showed radiation levels had risen 20 times above the normal level in Severodvinsk, around 30 km from Nyonoksa.

Nyonoksa hosts a navy facility that serves as a base for testing intercontinental ballistic missiles intended for nuclear submarines. "At the checkout, people were discussing the news about radiation in Severodvinsk, the explosion at the military site". The officials said this did not present a significant risk to public health.

It is the second accident involving Russia's military this week.

Rosatom said the injured were being treated at a "specialized medical center". An expert from Moscow's Institute for Nuclear Research, Boris Zhuikov, told RBK independent news site that isotope power sources are mainly used in spacecraft and are not usually unsafe for people working with them.

The nearby city of Severodvinsk recorded elevated radiation levels following the accident and panicked residents rushed to buy iodine to counteract radiation. "Within a matter of an hour all the iodine and iodine-containing drugs were sold out", pharmacist Yelena Varinskaya told AFP.

The Soviet Union was the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster when, in 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine released radioactive contamination for nine days.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


11 August 2019
Alleged Norway mosque shooter believed to have killed teen sister before shooting
An armed attack at a Norwegian mosque on Saturday will be investigated as a possible act of terrorism, police said on Sunday. According to Norwegian newspaper VG, police confirmed that she was the suspect's 17-year-old younger sister.

11 August 2019
Huawei launches own operating system to replace Google's Android
Skyworth also recently announced its upgraded smart TV strategy, which allows users to send emails and display PPT files on TV. The first of these products will be the Honor Smart Screen, which is due to be unveiled on Saturday.

11 August 2019
Andy Murray to return to singles at Cincinnati Open
Murray has consistently said he would not want his first tournament back to be over five sets in NY . After months of recovery Andy returned to tennis, playing doubles at the Queen Club tournament .

11 August 2019
UBS Group Reiterates "Buy" Rating for Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI)
ValuEngine upgraded shares of Activision Blizzard from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a report on Thursday, August 1st. The company has a market capitalization of $37.79 billion, a PE ratio of 20.64, a P/E/G ratio of 2.30 and a beta of 0.90.

11 August 2019
Destiny 2's Cross Save Feature Launches 21st August
Destiny 2 is transitioning to Steam on PC later this year, and a new trailer breaks down how easy the process will be for players. Basically, there is no mixing and matching of characters if you have different ones on PS4, PC, or Xbox One.

11 August 2019
Trump slams The Hunt movie where elites target 'deplorables'
Trump's attack on Hollywood comes days after the president blamed video games for gun violence in a White House address. What they're doing, with the form of motion pictures they're placing out, it is truly very harmful for our nation.

11 August 2019
Moscow acknowledges mysterious rocket explosion involved nuclear workers
Within a matter of an hour all the iodine and iodine-containing drugs were sold out", pharmacist Yelena Varinskaya told AFP. The explosion occurred at a military shooting range in Nyonoksa in the north-western Arkhangelsk region.

11 August 2019
Prince Andrew faces allegation of groping a woman's breast
Virginia Giuffre, holding a photo of herself at age 16, when she says Jeffrey Epstein began sexually abusing her. A photograph from 2001 showed 17-year-old Ms Giuffre with the Duke's arm around her waist in Ms Maxwell's flat.

11 August 2019
Palestinians and Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site
Hamas leader Ismail Haniya spoke of the Al-Aqsa clashes on Sunday, saying it "shows the religious dimension of the conflict". They said the move was in response to police announcing they would consider allowing Jews to ascend the holy site.

11 August 2019
Anti-govt protests again erupt in Hong Kong over extradition bill
The protests have been condemned by the central government in Beijing , which has accused foreign powers of fueling unrest. Lam defended her government's handling of the protests in a phone call with Britain's foreign secretary, Dominic Raab.