Based experts suspect deadly Russian blast involved nuclear-powered 'Skyfall' cruise missile

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The incident resulted in high demand for iodine in pharmacies which was reported to be running out in the nearby Arkhangelsk and Severodvinsk cities.

According to Reuters, an authority of a port of Arkhangelsk said the explosion led to the closure of a portion of Dvina Bay in the White Sea, so it can no longer be used for shipping.

The authorities in Severodvinsk, a city around 30 kilometres (19 miles) away from the test site, said on their website that automatic radiation detection sensors in the city "recorded a brief rise in radiation levels" on Thursday morning, without saying what the levels were.

At least five people were killed and three injured after a rocket exploded during tests at a military site in northern Russian Federation, the state nuclear energy company Rosatom said on Saturday.

The Nyonoksa site carries out tests for virtually every missile system used by the Russian navy, including sea-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and anti-aircraft missiles.

Regarding the explosion at a military facility in the northwestern region of Arkhangelsk, Russia's Defense Ministry initially announced that a rocket engine exploded during a test.

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The military had not previously described the accident as involving nuclear fuel and said radiation levels were normal afterwards.

Citing data from the Emergency Situations Ministry, Greenpeace said radiation levels had risen 20 times above the normal level in the city. That would not explain the radiation surge, although liquid fuel for rockets can also be highly toxic. In March past year, he held a briefing on the country's latest nuclear-powered cruise missile.

On Monday, one person was killed and eight others were injured in a blaze at an ammunition dump in Siberia.

The region's governor said there was no need to evacuate residents, RIA said.

Five specialists from the Russian federal nuclear center in Sarov (Nizhny Novgorod region) killed following a rocket explosion at a naval test range outside the city of Severodvinsk, will be recommended for state awards, center's Director Valentin Kostyukov said in a speech on local television.

No risky substances were released into the atmosphere, the government organisation said.

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