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Russian Ecological Disaster: Dead Animals on Kamchatka Coast

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In Russia, plenty of animals died on Kamchatka: thousands of them (fish, molluscs, birds and even mammals) washed ashore. Petroleum products and phenol were found in the Avacha Bay areas after water sampling in the Velyka and Mala Tabirny Bays and Babina Bay. In coastal sea waters in the​​ Khalaktyr beach area, the maximum permissible level of phenols is exceeded by 2.5 times, of oil products – by 3.6 times. The Russian Federation Ministry of Nature of the Kamchatka Territory press service reports this.

At the end of last month, vacationers talked about water discolouration and allergic reactions and even poisoning that occurred after a vacation on the beach. Locals posted on social media reports of dead sea animals thrown ashore. Authorities urged residents to refrain from visiting Khalaktyr Beach.

Emergency services in the region claim that the leak of fossil oil products occurred from a commercial tanker that was sailing there. The Russian Navy denies this.

According to Novaya Gazeta, a local environmental activist claims that it was not oil but chemicals that killed all living things: there are no oil stains, and the water has a yellow tinge.

At the same time, the authorities do not want to say, or for some reason cannot say, what and where it comes from. “That combined with the first and the second suggests that this problem is related to the military.”

The Ministry of Nature of the Kamchatka Territory posted on Instagram a video of the “clean” Khalaktyr beach: “In the morning, the inspector of the nature park ‘Nalichevo’ looked at the coastal zone and recorded nothing abnormal,” the Ministry said. However, social media users noticed that the beach had specific stripes that meant it had been cleaned just before the shooting.

 

Natalia Tolub

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