[Ed. – U.S. analysts are increasingly convinced this came from the test of a nuclear powered rocket for a “Burevestnik” (Skyfall) cruise missile. It wouldn’t be on the order of a true Chernobyl, which was a catastrophic radiation leak of horrendous proportions. But it did apparently have extremely grave localized effects; i.e., for people directly involved in the rocket test. You probably don’t want to be downwind of the location if you can help it, for the next several years.]
Russian authorities have called off the evacuation of a village in northern Russia near the site of a suspected failed missile test, Russian state news agency TASS reported on Tuesday. The incident last week killed at least five nuclear specialists and caused radiation levels to spike.
Valery Mashenkov, the head of the administrative department for the village of Nyonoksa, told TASS that the military had cancelled upcoming military drills, and that villagers would not be required to leave their homes on Wednesday. …
Last week’s explosion caused widespread international speculation that the accident involved a nuclear-powered cruise missile known as the Burevestnik or Skyfall. Although Russia is developing such a missile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday declined say whether it was involved in the incident.