Last week on August 8th, a mysterious bomb explosion shook a military test site in a part of northern Russia, close to the port of Severodvinsk. Russian authorities released a statement claiming that at least five engineers were killed in an accident involving scientific experiments on a liquid-propelled rocket engine.

The Russian Defence Ministry stated that no harmful chemicals or radioactive waste was released into the atmosphere and radiation levels were unchanged.


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However, they soon removed the statement from their website as new information on radiation spikes after, presumably a nuclear blast, emerged.

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Ksenia Yudina, a spokeswoman for the city of Severodvinsk reported that radiation levels briefly rose by up to 16 times on the day of the nuclear bomb blast.

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Local citizens were reported to be stocking iodine tablets which are used to reduce the effects of the nuclear energy explosion.

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While Russia doesn’t release the details that might explain what caused the radiation spike, US experts offer their insight.

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They believe that the deceased engineers may have been working on an experimental missile with a nuclear propulsion system, which Russia calls 9M730 Buresvestnik. The same missile is known as SCC-X-Skyfall.

US President Donald Trump has made the same connection tweeting on Monday: “The Russian ‘Skyfall’ explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!”

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