Leaks in Nord Stream pipelines equate to explosions of hundreds of kilograms of TNT

Europe is being the scene of a war that goes beyond Ukraine’s borders. With no culprit yet identified, but with accusations pointing in several directions, the Nord Stream gas pipelines have been the target of four explosions in recent days.

Now, an official report from Sweden and Denmark presented to the UN reveals that underwater explosions are equivalent to explosions of hundreds of kilograms of TNT.

There is still no culprit for the Nord Stream pipeline attack

The four leaks that affected the Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea were caused by underwater explosions corresponding to hundreds of kilograms of explosives, reveals a Swedish-Danish report this Friday, presented to the United Nations.

The magnitude of the explosions was measured at 2.3 and 2.1 on the Richter scale, respectively, probably corresponding to an explosive charge of several hundred kilograms of TNT.

After a request from Russia, the Security Council is expected to hold an emergency meeting on the leaks later today. For now, all available information indicates that these explosions were the result of a deliberate act.

The aim is aimed at an act of terrorism by Russia as a way of revealing the country’s power vis-à-vis the West. However, Russia accuses the United States of the attack. Both deny responsibility.

The countries, in the report, further indicate that “the possible impact on marine life in the Baltic Sea is of concern, and the climate effect is likely to be very substantial”.

It should be remembered that the explosions took place at the beginning of the week, two located in Sweden’s exclusive economic zone and the other two in Denmark, on the Baltic Sea. The Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, which link Russia to Germany, are at the center of geopolitical tensions as Russia cut off gas supplies to Europe in retaliation for Western sanctions following the invasion of Ukraine.

Nord Stream has not yet been able to assess the damage caused, as it is awaiting “official licenses required” to do so. Furthermore, access can only be made after the pressure in the pipeline has stabilized and the gas leakage has stopped. This should only happen on Sunday, when the gas runs out.

Source: Pplware by pplware.sapo.pt.

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