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radioactive
放射性の(後出 radiation level は放射線レベル)
explosion
爆発(後出explodeは動詞)
nuclear
(ここでは)核関連の(後出 nuclear isotope power source は放射性同位体の動力源、nuclear-powered (cruise) missile は原子力推進〈巡航〉ミサイル)
navy
海軍
state-controlled corporation
国営企業
spike
急上昇
pose a hazard
危害を及ぼす
ponder ~
~を熟考する
abandon
放棄する
People gather for the funerals of engineers in Sarov, Russia, on Aug. 12. (Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM via AP)

5 dead in Russian radioactive rocket engine explosion   

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's nuclear agency says five of its employees were killed when a rocket engine exploded at a far-northern military base.

The explosion occurred at the navy's testing range near the village of Nyonoksa, about 1,000 kilometers north of Moscow, on Aug. 8.

The state-controlled Rosatom nuclear corporation said the explosion occurred while the engineers were testing a "nuclear isotope power source" for a rocket engine. Local authorities in nearby Severodvinsk, a city of 183,000, reported a brief spike in radiation levels after the explosion, but said it didn't pose any health hazards.

Rosatom's mention of a "nuclear isotope power source" led some Russian media to conclude it was the Burevestnik (Petrel), a nuclear-powered cruise missile first revealed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in March 2018.

The U.S. and Soviet Union pondered nuclear-powered missiles in the 1960s, but they abandoned those projects as too unstable and dangerous.

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