Nuclear Meltdown And Explosion In Nyonoksa Russia During August Proves That Radioactive Disasters Are A Persistent Threat
A radioactive disaster occurred at Russia’s State Navy Central Testing Range aka Nyonoksa on August 8, complete with a nuclear meltdown and nuclear explosion. A nearby village was forced to evacuate, there was a run on medicinal iodine, and there were numerous measurements of radioactive isotopes and gamma radiation that were well above normal. This incident proves that radioactive disasters continue to be a persistent threat, whether they stem from nuclear testing or nuclear power plants.
It is still not 100% clear as to exactly what happened at Nyonoksa, even though it has been months since the incident. Russian officials say that the explosion was due to a failed test of an isotope power source for a liquid-fueled rocket engine. However, American scientists speculated that the accident involved a 9M730 Burevestnik nuclear-powered hypersonic cruise missile which has unlimited range and can travel well beyond the speed of sound while carrying a nuclear warhead. More specifically, a report on CNBC stated that the Russians were trying to recover a missile from the seabed after a previous test failed.
In any case, the facts are that the explosion was recorded at an infrasound station in Norway as well as with seismometers. Several fisherman who supposedly saw the accident happen reported that they saw a column of water rise 100 meters into the air, and a big hole in a ship that was near the explosion.
Apparently acute amounts of radiation were released during the explosion, causing at least two people to die from radiation poisoning and several others had to be treated for radiation sickness. In total 5 people died, but it is unclear if the other 3 deaths were due to radiation.
Russian meteorologists detected radioactivity 4-16 times above background levels at stations approximately 30 miles to the east of the incident, as well as radiation peaking at 1.78 microsieverts per hour before returning to normal 2.5 hours after the explosion. This is equivalent to 1-2 times the radiation dose limit per year for average members of the public, except that dose was being received every hour by those in the path of the radioactive fallout cloud.
The populated area impacted by this radiation saw a rush on medical iodine, which is typically taken in the form of potassium iodide. Essentially, the thyroid constantly absorbs iodine from the blood stream, and during a nuclear disaster radioactive isotopes of iodine are produced. The potassium iodide is taken so that the thyroid will absorb this form of non-radioactive iodine, and then if the thyroid is saturated with the non-radioactive iodine it will absorb very little radioactive iodine. This helps reduce the risk of thyroid cancer, but is certainly not a magic solution to prevent radiation poisoning since it only protects against radioactive iodine, and not other types of radioactive isotopes.
Indeed, in the hours following the Nyonoksa incident the radioactive isotopes Strontium-91, Barium-139, Barium-140, and Lanthanum-140 were found. The presence of these isotopes actually proves that a nuclear reactor exploded, since these isotopes have short half lives and must have been produced in a recent nuclear chain reaction, validating the theory that the incident was caused by a malfunctioning hypersonic nuclear-powered cruise missile.
The most solid evidence of dangerous radiation came from a couple of abandoned vessels that were near the shore of Nyonoksa, possibly vessels which were associated with the initial incident. In late August, about 3 weeks after the explosion, gamma radiation levels were measured at 750 micro-Roentgen per hour 150 meters from the vessels, which is 60 times higher than natural levels. This suggests that gamma radiation levels were much higher and outright deadly right after the explosion, which is confirmed by the fact that at least two people died from radiation poisoning.
In other words, in August of this year a nuclear reactor completely melted down in northern Russia and a nuclear explosion ensued. This nuclear disaster released an unknown amount of radiation into the environment, including gamma radiation which is capable of penetrating through the human body, and unmeasured amounts of alpha and beta radiation. The true scope of this disaster may not be known for years due to Russia’s long standing policy of maintaining secrecy after nuclear accidents.
The immediate impact of a nuclear disaster is radiation poisoning, but an even greater impact can occur in the months and years following such a disaster, as radioactive material spreads via ocean currents and air currents. It is possible for radiation to spread thousands of miles from the site of a nuclear disaster, even if it is a relatively small nuclear explosion. Wherever this radiation ends up it acts as tiny and quick moving bullets that penetrate into cells, possibly damaging DNA and RNA, leading to cell abnormalities that can cause cancer.
Also, anyone that is exposed to high levels of radiation during a nuclear disaster, even for a short period of time, is generally at a much higher risk of getting cancer in the future.
These radioactive incidents add up. The nuclear testing that primarily occurred from the 1940s to the 1990s, the Chernobyl disaster, the loss of nuclear submarines in the ocean like the K-19 Widomaker, the Fukushima meltdown in Japan, and now the Nyonoksa incident have each spread harmful radioactive isotopes throughout the biosphere, and some of these isotopes can take years or decades to decay. Long term, nuclear accidents have been slowly irradiating the world, and putting all living organisms at a higher risk of getting cancer.
This tale of the Earth slowly being poisoned with radiation is generally an untold story, with the mainstream perception being that nuclear tests and nuclear accidents are ‘fixed’ as soon as the news stops talking about them. The Cancer Herald believes that the spread of radiation through the biosphere from nuclear tests and accidents is a fundamental cause of the world’s cancer pandemic, and more research and attention needs to be given to this subject.