Panic in Russia as state of emergency declared after radiation detected in major city

An emergency has been declared after radiation was detected in a major Russian city. Authorities in the far eastern city of Khabarovsk have declared a state of emergency in an area where a “radiation source” was found, according to TASS news agency.

It said on Friday that elevated radiation levels were detected near a power pylon about 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from residential buildings.

No one had been injured or exposed to radiation and “there is no threat to the health of citizens”, TASS quoted the local branch of Russia’s consumer safety watchdog as saying.

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