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Nuclear sensors in Russia went silent after missile blast

Washington, Aug 19 : Two Russia-based nuclear monitoring stations that monitor radioactive particles in the atmosphere mysteriously went silent after an August 8 explosion at a Russian missile testing facility, spurring concerns about radiation levels in the atmosphere and the Russian government is trying to restrict the evidence of the accident, according to a spokesperson for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization.

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) is an independent body which watches for nuclear weapons testing violations with over 300 monitoring stations around the world.

The two Russian  stations, called Dubna and Kirov, stopped transmitting data within two days of the explosion, the organization said.
“According to our routine global procedure, the CTBTO contacted the Station Operators as soon as the problems started. They have reported communication and network issues, and we’re awaiting further reports on when the stations and/or the communication system will be restored to full functionality,” the CNN quoted spokesperson as saying.

US officials believe the deadly explosion was caused during testing of the nuclear propelled Russian missile SSC-X-9 which NATO has designated the code name of “Skyfall.”The missile test, on a platform in Dvinsk Bay on the White Sea in northwest Russia, has been the subject of considerable speculation. President Trump has said it involved an advanced nuclear-powered cruise missile, which has been dubbed Skyfall by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and which Russia calls Burevestnik.
The missile is believed to use a nuclear reactor to help power its flight, giving it the ability to fly for longer periods than a conventional missile.

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