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Russian submarine fire ‘was more serious’. UPDATED WITH PHOTOS: Last week’s blaze aboard a Russian Delta-class nuclear submarine was worse than originally stated. According to The Barents Observer, the fire is now believed to have been in the torpedo compartment, not spreading from the wooden scaffolding around the hull as Northern Fleet spokesperson Capt. 1st rank Vadim Serga originally told RIA Novosti. Images by Blogger51 show that before the fire started there was a hole in the hull of the submarine that exposed the torpedo compartment.

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Russian submarine fire ‘was more serious’

Published on Wednesday, 4th January, 2012 at 14:19 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 8th January 2012 at 19:20.

UPDATED WITH PHOTOS: Last week’s blaze aboard a Russian Delta-class nuclear submarine was worse than originally stated.

Yekaterinburg on fire
Yekaterinburg on fire
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According to The Barents Observer, the fire is now believed to have been in the torpedo compartment, not spreading from the wooden scaffolding around the hull as Northern Fleet spokesperson Capt. 1st rank Vadim Serga originally told RIA Novosti.

Images by Blogger51 show that before the fire started there was a hole in the hull of the submarine that exposed the torpedo compartment.

“...this was shocking, I earlier incorrectly suggested that the markings on the front end came from an external fire, but here it is clear that the fairing was damaged from inside. Concerning the rubber coating, on the junction on the right side are not as many burned fragments of rubber coating, as dismantled ones,” the blogger writes.

Extinguishing the K-84 nuclear submarine “Yekaterinburg” blaze in the northwestern Russian Murmansk Region shipyard took 20 hours. Russian authorities believed there was no danger of any leakage from radioactive materials, with eyewitnesses in Murmansk reporting flames reached up to ten metres in height.

Norwegians living in Vadsø in the Troms og Finnmark region, close to the Russian border, said they were “extremely anxious” about possible dangers of radioactive emissions. Officials also complained they were not informed properly at the time.

“It has been difficult to get precise information from the Russian side. We have an agreement on information exchange in such cases, and they haven’t issued any so far,” said Finnmark County Governor Gunnar Kjønnøy to NRK.

Readings by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) revealed no radiation, but Bellona Foundation nuclear physicist, Nils Bøhmer, criticised the Russians for the delay and confusing information.

He declared, “It’s worrying that Norwegian authorities were not notified in accordance with compulsory arrangements that apply in cases of events that could cause emissions. [Moreover,] hospital staff wrote 19 people were admitted on Thursday evening (29 December), whereas Russian authorities had said it was nine. Nevertheless today (Friday), there are suddenly none.”

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin is to conduct an investigation into how the fire occurred following instructions from President Dmitri Medvedev.

To see a slideshow of the fire, click here.



Published on Wednesday, 4th January, 2012 at 14:19 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 8th January 2012 at 19:20.

This post has the following tags: russiasubmarinefire, yekaterinbergblaze.





  
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