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WSJ: 2 Russian Nuke Detection Sites Go Dark After Blast

Russian onlookers watch a nuclear explosion mushroom cloud in the distance
Russian onlookers watch a nuclear explosion in the distance. (Dmitry Dub/AP)

By    |   Monday, 19 August 2019 04:21 PM

Two additional Russian nuclear stations designed to detect nuclear radiation have gone silent in the days following an explosion at a Russian missile testing facility, according to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Lassina Zerbo, the head of the CTBTO, told The Journal in an email that monitoring stations in Bilibino and Zalesovo suffered "communication and network issues" five days after the Aug. 8 explosion.

Those disruptions occurred three days after monitoring stations in Dubna and Kirov went silent.

"Experts continue to reach out to our collaborators in Russia to resume operations as expediently as possible," Zerbo wrote to the Journal.

The explosion, which occurred at a military base in the far northern Arkhangelsk region, resulted in the death of five workers according to the country's nuclear agency. Russia said it was a rocket engine explosion though other reports speculate about what exactly Russia was testing at the time of the explosion.

President Donald Trump tweeted last week the U.S. "is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia," adding, "the Russian 'Skyfall' explosion has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!"

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In the days following an explosion at a Russian missile testing facility, two additional Russian nuclear stations designed to detect nuclear radiation have gone silent, according to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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