Radiation spiked following Russian explosion despite officials denying fallout

Russian meteorologists confirmed that radiation levels were up to 16 times higher in the area following the suspected nuclear explosion off the country's northern coast.
1:32 | 08/14/19

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Transcript for Radiation spiked following Russian explosion despite officials denying fallout
Overseas tonight, and the mystery deepening after the deadly nuclear blast in Russia. Russia at first saying there was no radiation. Now we're learning it was as high as 16 times above the normal range. Here's James Longman in Russia tonight. Reporter: Days after that suspected nuclear explosion off the coast of northern Russia, new worry about just how much radiation was released. Just hours after the blast, residents trying to take their own measurements. After officials first denied any fallout, Russian meteorologists now confirm that up to 16 times the normal radiation levels were detected in the area. Not deadly, but there's still no independent information on readings closer to the blast. It's obviously not on the chernobyl scale, but even if there is no danger, and I hope there is no danger, it is very worrisome that our government operates with such a lack of transparency. Reporter: Russia insists the air is safe. But more mixed signals. The government ordering an evacuation near the site then abruptly canceling it. The reluctance to release information reminiscent of Russian denials decades ago after the infamous nuclear blast at chernobyl. James with us live from Moscow. Putin still has not directly acknowledged this accident? Reporter: That's right. And he won't want to talk about what Russia considers military secrets. But this does raise big questions about the kind of nuclear technology he's trying to develop and the danger they pose. James, thank you. Back here at home, and the

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