Russian Federation closed off an area of the White Sea to shipping for a month after the fatal explosion of a rocket engine on a military testing ground in Russia's north earlier on Thursday, Interfax news agency cited the port of Arkhangelsk as saying.
Radiation levels have spiked in Russian Federation after a military rocket engine exploded during a test, killing two people and wounding four others.
The state-run RIA news agency quoted the Defense Ministry as saying no risky substances had been released into the atmosphere by the explosion of what it called a liquid-propellant rocket engine in the Arkhangelsk region.
An unidentified naval officer quoted by Kommersant newspaper said the accident could have occurred at a testing site at sea and that the explosion of a rocket could have caused a toxic fuel spill.
It said six servicemen and civilian engineers were injured, and two of them later died of their injuries. "Currently, the levels have returned to normal", according to a statement on the city's website, citing readings between 11:50 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. local time.
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The blast was one of at least three explosions to rock Russian military sites in recent days. It added that by 2 p.m. the radiation levels in Severodvinsk had returned to normal.
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Russian Federation closed off an area of the White Sea to shipping for a month after the fatal explosion, the country's Interfax news agency reports, citing a port official in the Dvina Bay area of the sea.
A brief rise of the radiation level above the natural background was registered in Severodvinsk on Thursday following the explosion, the city's authorities said.
The explosion was the second major incident to hit the military in Russian Federation this week. Russia's navy has suffered numerous high-profile accidents over the years.
On Tuesday, one person was killed and eight others were injured in a blaze at an ammunition dump in Siberia.