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Russian Reactor Safe, Radiation Levels Normal as Submarine Burns

December 29, 2011

Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Radiation levels at a dockyard in Russia’s northern Murmansk where a nuclear submarine is on fire are normal, and the vessel’s reactor is safe after being shut earlier for repairs, according to the Emergency Ministry.

There were no injuries from the blaze, officials said.

“Fire extinguishing continues,” said Irina Gretskaya, a regional spokeswoman for the ministry, by phone from Murmansk. “The situation is under control. Radiation levels are normal.”

The blaze began when the Yekaterinburg submarine was under repair and Chief Military Prosecutor of Russia’s Northern Fleet Yevgeny Tkachuk is leading an investigation into the incident, said Roman Dmitriyev, representative for the Military Prosecutor General’s office. The dock belongs to OAO United Shipbuilding Corp., Dmitriyev said today by phone from Moscow.

The submarine’s shell caught fire after wooden scaffolding surrounding it for the repairs began burning, Interfax reported earlier, citing Vadim Serga, a local military official.

--Editor: Tony Barrett, Claudia Carpenter

To contact the reporter on this story: Marina Sysoyeva in Moscow msysoyeva@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net


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