Radiation Containment A New Concern In Russian Nuclear Incident | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC
Radiation Containment A New Concern In Russian Nuclear Incident | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC Radiation Containment A New Concern In Russian Nuclear Incident | Rachel Maddow | MSNBCWe got lots of feedback from viewers last night and today in the back last week in Russia, and I know from the feedback that we got from you guys that the news as of last night about that explosion, as we were able to presented here on this, Show is that in your feedback? Well, the story has become considerably more dramatic and more concerning today. So I won’t start tonight with a little bit of an update on that west of Russia on the White Sea on a military site in after whatever it was. That happened there, Russian authorities put out an initial statement admitting that there had been a fatal accident, but they provided very few details, an explosion that involved a missile at a military testing facility. They said two people were dead, both military personnel, four people were injured, but they this was definitely in particular, nothing nuclear. The defense Ministry put out a statement, saying quote: there was no release of toxic materials into the atmosphere, and the radiation level is normal. Whenever anybody tells you the radiation level is normal website, they had detected a spike in local radiation levels. People in that City saw that notice on their cities website and raced out to local pharmacies to try to some cells. People bought out local supplies of iodine with potentially can protect your thyroid from absorbing too much ambient radiation, which is one of the first and most acute cancer risks that is posed by nuclear fallout. Local concerns about there being some radioactive component to that explosion were bolstered by local press reports. Bolstered those fears about radioactive contamination, but still circumstantial evidence is on its City website to the spikes in radiation levels. They had noted at the municipal level Saturday, the nucleus State nuclear agency, sent five of its employees had died in the blast as well so important conclusions right told it was to Terry personnel and five additional Personnel from the nuclear agency. The other piece of information you got from that because that statement came from the state nuclear agency that confirmed that the accident was nuclear in nature when you’re not going to kill V clear scientist in one explosion unless they’re there for a reason, because you’re doing something With nuclear power or nuclear weapons, that statement from the Russian nuclear agency also admitted and very vague jargon, a terms that initially announced it was a missile explosion. The nuclear agency said that this missile involved a quote propulsive system involving Isotopes, which is the most awkward possible way of saying that this was fueled missile. This is what we knew as of last night. This is the basis for our reporting. Last night you seen people like Joe cirrincione and also Jeffrey Lewis and other nuclear weapons experts here on NBC, and it other news outlets talking about this trying to explain this accident. The seriousness of this. What kind of tests might have gone so wrong that produce this fatal accident? Also, this scary caginess in secrecy from the Russian government about whether there’s a threat here to the civilian populations by the site of the accident. I think nobody at this point can say they definitively know for sure. But at least the consensus of the western speculation is that Putin’s government might have been trying to test missile that he promised in last year’s State of the Union Address which he described as a missile. That was a nuclear missile, not in the sense that it was armed with a nuclear warhead. It would be, but it would be. Nuclear reactor rocket propulsion system has been threatening to build, but the US actually tinkered with in the fifties and sixties and then abandoned as a terrible idea. They have in fact been testing in Northwestern Russia here on the White Sea when this went so drastically wrong. Late. Last week could be this idea of a missile that has a conventional Warhead on it, but it is powered by nuclear energy. It is a missile that is fitted essentially with a flying nuclear reactor, which is the kind of thing that, of course, would be very bad news for the world if it worked, but well short of that and say blows up Thursday afternoon today. The story got considerably worse than it had been even as of last night. Today, Russian military officials visited a town, that’s even closer to the blast site than this city that had announced that it noticed the spike and radiation levels right after the blast. According to local news, but just for a few hours, which is kind of an odd request right or an odd demand, they have to evacuate their city tonight and into tomorrow for a few hours. Even though origin was last Thursday. Why would you have to just stay away for a few hours and now only days after it all happened, then you’re able to come back and everything’s fine demand from the government doesn’t make much sense on the surface. It was never the less made all the more dramatic by the fact that they sent a special train into that town to take all the residents away. So maybe that’s what they were planning on doing. What, if that had initially been their plan, they apparently canceled it. An evacuation for this little town, but that was no off whatever they were going to do, that they wanted to evacuate the town for their no longer going to do it. Everything’S fine nevermind opener of that region is now actually insisting that there was never any evacuation planned at all, never mind the train we sent in there and all the rest of it. The Governor from the local region now telling the press that any claims that there was an evacuation plan or quote and nonsense, says actually. This is all a quote: routine measure nothing out of the ordinary here. What are you looking at keep moving? Similarly, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman in Moscow Dmitry peskov tune, security is fully insured, quote all agencies that are competent in this situation or supporting the complete safety of Russian citizens. Washington, Post editorial and some grapes best today, including from Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, will England who is writing on the crisis from Moscow. He knows today that a Russian Federal agency, as of today emits to the radiation spikes. They admit that the defense Ministry was wrong this weekend when they said there had been no increase in radiation. They’Re admitting an effect that the local city was correct when they said they had noticed a spike in radiation. That means they’re implicitly admitting it was wrong for Russian authorities to tell websites that information was in fact correct. Today the government is confirming that, in fact, radiation level spiked up to 16 times normal levels. Finally, even more disturbing report quotes website called Vina today reported that 10 workers at the regional clinical Hospital who had treated the victims of the explosion on Monday biophysical Center quote. There was no word on why the doctors from the Archangel Regional hospital had been taken to Moscow. That, I believe, was the first report in the western press that the medical personnel, the doctors and the Personnel who have been helping the people who were hurt in this last might themselves be in trouble. That was the first report in the the essence of New York. Times is reporting it as well. Here’S how the times sums it up quote a regional news site. Northern News reported that doctors have civilian Hospital in Arkansas. The largest city in the region. Treated victims of the accident had not been informed of the radiation danger. After treating the patients, the doctors at the regional clinical Hospital found that their scrubs were causing radiation meters to click. The patients who were initial Blast has been taken to Moscow. The rooms were those patients had Lane in the regional hospital were sealed after the patients were taken away, but then also the doctors who treated those patients were then transferred to Moscow for their own Medical valuations. According to the X hospital, employees are in a depressed state. They don’t understand why doctors and nurses were fulfilling their professional duties were treated in this way in our times, quoting Regional news sources in Russia there in a post editorial on this crisis, also links to this video, reportedly shot near by the blast side. As you can tell, it shows a line of ambulances that are reportedly taking the injured away from the contaminated site. What is a little unnerving turn? This footage is that, if you look closely, I want me to look at the back of some of these ambulances and appears that the back of these ambulances, the doors were they would put. Patients in and out are sealed with some kind of plastic film and it’s being specula, but that may be some sort of effort to try to seal in any radiation that could be emanating from the bodies of the people in the back of those ambulances, and so Citizens are right trying to permit this fog of nonsense and misinformation that is coming from their own government on them. For all of us, looking from the outside-in accident happened right what exactly they’re trying to build here? What exactly is it that blew up? What was this supposed to be beyond that? Those pit in your stomach about this is about the extent of the cover-up, letting people know about what’s going on each day of the news, since the initial blast on Thursday has gotten worse every revisioned, what we understand has been more serious, not less, but the deeper Pit in your stomach cover up what about the cleanup. What kind of cleanup or Salvage effort is underway here mean when they sent that special train in the little town near by the military site today that special train that was initially supposed to evacuate? The town Civil Authorities gave a statement to the interfax news agency that gave some Clues as to what at least the locals had been told, was a reason for their temporary evacuation order. Quote the leadership of the settings of the military authorities. It was advised that residents of monoxide should depart the territory of the Village from August 14th. What planned military activities been told? I had to get out ahead of early tomorrow morning because something was going to happen at the nearby military base, where the explosion that happened, something was going to happen there between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Wednesday morning tomorrow morning. So people had to be out of there before window of time. When Lord knows what was going to happen at the site of the disaster and nobody could be in a nearby Town – quote, the possibility of evacuating the area raise the question authority see a continuing threat from Thursday explosion or if they may be preparing to retrieve the Radioactive Source potentially posing new dangers goat on Saturday, 1, Russian State News Agency, said the explosion on the test platform had knocked the scientist who died into the sea, suggesting the reactor or whatever remained of it, also wound up in the Water Authority on radiation safety in Russia telling the X in an interview that the military might have to fish the damaged reactor. So maybe that’s what they were planning on doing tomorrow morning between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. local time, and they thought it might be really dangerous to the nearby town until they told everybody to get out. But now maybe they’re not doing that attic cleanup and how dangerous is it to people nearby Jeffrey Lewis has been raising a red flag about is the fact that a very specialized ship has been noticed nearby the blast site in the white say it’s a specialized ship. That’S used for collecting and storing liquid nuclear waste, so something going on that appears to involve maybe liquid nuclear waste and a potential potential that aborted evacuation and the doctors are getting sick. I mean play understood last night. Is that we understand now is that apparently, Russia is maybe trying to make weaponized fly in nuclear reactors and it’s program on Thursday at least seven people are dead from that accident. Hospital rooms were the injured, were treated, have been sealed off at the regional hospital. There are reports that the medical personnel who interacted with the dead and wounded have themselves because of potential radiation exposure. The local government, they believed, should occasion the evacuation of the closest town to the testing facility. But now that evacuation, including the special train they sent in for that purpose, all of it has been called off the regional governors, the ambulances are being sealed off and plastic sheeting everybody at the response that is in hazmat suits, if, if a spewing experimental nuclear reactor That just killed 7 people has been into the sea. Who do you call to fix that problem and what dangers does it pose? As you try to fish it out, I mean we’ll stay on this story, but we’ve only been following it for a couple of days and I’m part of continuing to follow, be trying to figure out if you or anyone in Russia can trust anything that the Russian Government says about what is actually happening on its own soil, including about the threat that maybe poster to civilians, certainly and the medical personnel, and whoever is involved in whatever this cleanup effort. Now is, and I mean it is, it is one thing to trust your government in good times when you generally approve of what they’re doing when things are generally going. Well, you trust them in a crisis if you can’t trust them, how much worse can bad times get on YouTube? Hello me or click over on this list, as he lots of other great videos, Rachel Maddow looks at how the story of a nuclear incident in Russia has grown steadily more alarming as new details have emerged over the course of several days, with new questions being raised about whether Russia has adequately assessed and contained any radioactive contamination that may have occurred.
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Radiation Containment A New Concern In Russian Nuclear Incident | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC