The Russian military has not recorded an increase in the radiation background near Russia’s borders in the South China Sea.
The radiation situation is being monitored by specialized laboratories and units of radiation, chemical and biological protection, the Russian military said. “There has been no increase in the radiation background in the marine area near the borders of the Russian Federation,” the Russian Eastern Military District said in a statement.
“Moreover, additional monitoring of the radiation situation in the areas of their presence by Russian warships and vessels in the South China Sea was also carried out. All the measurements did not record an excess of natural background values,” the Eastern Military District said.
Reports of a powerful underwater explosion in the South China Sea the day before, November 21, spread on social networks. The authors of these reports claimed that in the region, in the waters between China, the Philippines and Taiwan, there was an explosion of about 10 to 20 kilotons in TNT equivalent. Separate sources also reported radiation releases in the area.
Oceanographic instruments monitoring the South China Sea have reportedly registered a significant undersea EXPLOSION.
Details are sketchy as of 6:22 PM eastern US time, but military sources are saying an explosion took place at a depth of approximately 50 Meters.
— IndoPacific_SCS_Info (@IndoPac_Info) November 21, 2019
According to Gizmodo, the source of reports of the radiation accident was the site hal Turner Radio Show. In the original message, the portal referred to oceanographic data recording seismic conditions. “The military sources say that the explosion occurred at a depth of about 50 meters, which caused an underwater shock wave of such force that the explosion itself “should have been 10 to 20 kilotons”. These sources also explicitly say, “Earthquake is excluded,” the author wrote. The event was linked either to China’s nuclear test or to an accident on a U.S. submarine operating in the area.
However, experts interviewed by Gizmodo found all this information fake and reported that there were no significant radiation events in the South China Sea at the specified time. Moreover, such an explosion would not go unnoticed because it is a very densely populated area of the world. “If you’re going to conduct a secret test, the South China Sea is one of the last places someone will do it,” said one expert.
On Friday, November 22, it was reported that, “according to the Global Environmental Monitoring Network, the South China Sea recorded an increase in the level of radiation background due to the radiation incident.”