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“Don’t Worry”: Kremlin Denies Tampering With Nuclear Sensors That “Went Silent” After Blas

After on Monday The Wall Street Journal reported two Russian nuclear monitoring stations “went silent” following the August 8 ‘mystery explosion’ at a missile test site in Arkhangelsk, Russia, the Kremlin is now saying there’s nothing to worry about. That explosion involving a “small-scale nuclear reactor” believed part of an experimental hypersonic missile test had caused radiation levels to spike to 20 times their normal levels.

In that WSJ report a top nuclear monitoring official, Lassina Zerbo, the head of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), said that at least two nuclear data transmission stations in the region of the blast stopped transmitting in the immediate aftermath of the accident, with both locations experiencing “communication and network issues”.

The CTBTO’s IMS here comprises more than 300 seismic, hydroacoustic, infrasound and radionuclide stations dotted around the world that together are aimed at detecting and locating a nuclear test anywhere— Reuters

The scientist described that the organization’s global network of radioactive-particle sensors went offline days after the blast, but were quickly followed by two more, leading to suspicious that Russian authorities may have tampered with them.

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