president orders investigation into a fire on board the submarine docked in the Arctic, but officials downplay fears of radiation leakage
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an investigation after a nuclear submarine caught fire during repairs in the Arctic, injuring at least nine people.
The fire was reportedly started by a torch lighting and garbage wooden scaffolding next to the boat lasted for nine hours at a shipyard in the Murmansk region. Up to 30 crew members remained inside the submarine, but it is unknown if they were captured.
Russian officials were quick to announce that there had been leakage of radiation from the nuclear submarine, called Yekaterinburg, after the flames were extinguished.
conflicting reports said between nine and sixteen people were treated for smoke inhalation. Bellona, ??a Norwegian NGO that oversees compliance with the Russian nuclear fleet, said the toll could be higher.
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is the latest in a series of accidents befall submarine fleet Nuclear Russia in recent years, the most notorious of the explosion that sent the Kursk to the bottom of the sea Barents in 2000, killing all crew members on board 118. K-159 submarine sank in the same waters, three years after the loss of nine men and 20 people died after a gas leak in a fire-resistant K-152 Nerpa off the Pacific coast of Russia in 2008 .
The K-84 Ekaterinburg, released in 1984, is equipped with 16 ballistic missiles and 12 torpedoes. Apparently, he was disarmed and in drydock when the fire started Friday afternoon and spread on the rubber around the ship. About 400 firefighters and rescue workers struggled to contain the fire with helicopters and tugs. This partially submerged submarine to turn it off.prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into the accident. President Medvedev has ordered Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Igor Sechin, and examine the causes of fires and ensure that the ship is restored.
the desolate region around Murmansk, where the Russian submarine Yekaterinburg burned contains the largest concentration of old nuclear reactors in the world, and since the Cold War, has become the world's nuclear waste dump.
Murmansk is home to the Northern Fleet of the former Soviet nuclear submarines, many of atomic energy of Russia to break the ice and more than 40 years of age, civil reactors.
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