Animals are dying out en masse in Kamchatka. What is known about the pollution of the Pacific Ocean

What happened?

In Kamchatka, in the area of ​​Khalaktyrsky beach, an ecological disaster has occurred. Greenpeace

requires an immediate investigation of the causes of contamination.

Interdistrict Environmental Prosecutor's Office forThe Kamchatka Territory begins a large-scale check on the fact of pollution of the water area of ​​the peninsula. The fact is that the source has not yet been established. The incident took place in the area of ​​Khalaktyrsky beach. This is not only the main location for professional surfers, but also a popular tourist attraction in Kamchatka.

Greenpeace specialists took water samples and afterchecks, it was found that the permissible level of petroleum products was four times higher. In addition, the level of phenols in water was 2.5 times higher. Such data are consistent with the state of the ecological disaster in the region.

Greenpeace in Russia has already applied toRosprirodnadzor, Rospotrebnadzor, the Ministry of Defense and the Prosecutor General's Office demanding an immediate investigation of the causes of pollution, an assessment of the scale and urgent elimination of the consequences due to large environmental pollution and the need for an urgent response to the problem.

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Kamchatka. Avachinskaya Bay. Small bay Bezymyannaya. Exactly 4 days ago @lefffu filmed my video there, which I posted on my page. This video was filmed this morning. Eerie smell. My friend dived in two places today. A little later I'll post a video of what he saw there. Today we visited 4 places on a motor boat with him. Stanitsky Bay, Bezymyannaya, Grotovoy Bay area (just at the exit from the bay to the Pacific Ocean), Shlyupochnaya Bay. The latter is located on the other side of Avacha Bay. The consequences, of course, are visible everywhere. In some places near the coast, the color of the water is very cloudy, visually you can see the border where the water is cleaner. On the banks of Bezymyannaya and Shlyupochnaya, sea urchins, animals, crabs and fish were thrown away. #safetheocean #kamchatka #pacificocean @_svetlana__radionova_ @greenpeace @greenpeaceru @snowave_kamchatka @lefffu @ @yurydud

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At the end of September, Kamchatka surfers talked aboutchanging the color of the water on the Khalaktyr beach on the shores of the Avacha Gulf of the Pacific Ocean. They complained of temporary deterioration in vision and skin irritation after swimming. And in social networks there were messages from local residents about dead sea animals washed ashore.

What is the cause of the disaster?

The reason for the pollution of the coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean in Kamchatka could be two landfills with toxic waste, which are now being examined by specialists.

According to the governor, in versions of pollutionthe Kozelsk polygon of pesticides and the Radygin polygon are mentioned. The publication "Kam.24" notes that in the region, there have already been leaks from the burial of toxic chemicals under the Kozelsky volcano. According to information from open sources, more than 100 tons of hazardous substances have been stored there since the 1970s.

The website of the Kamchatka government says that scientists are working on several versions of the origin of toxins in the ocean, but the poisonous substance itself, which is in the water, has not yet been established.

You must first examine the samples and check whichthe type of toxins may be present in the water. These can be toxins of technogenic origin, natural - for example, it can be toxic microalgae, the concentration of which is maximum in our waters. Toxins can also be of volcanic and seismic origin.

Vladimir Solodov, head of the Kamchatka Territory

Are there other points of view?

Poisoning of water in the area of ​​Khalaktyrsky beach onAccording to preliminary data, Kamchatka was caused by a leak of oil products from a commercial tanker, which was repaired. The ownership of the vessel has not yet been established, a source in the emergency services of the Far Eastern region told TASS.

According to preliminary data, passed by the beacha commercial tanker on the sea route with a leak that was repaired, but this resulted in a spill of oil products containing phenol. The ownership of the vessel has not yet been established, a search is in progress.

A source

He added that "in this area of ​​the Pacific Ocean there are routes of active movement of sea cargo ships."

The Pacific Fleet of the Russian Federation is not related towater pollution near the Khalaktyrsky beach in Kamchatka, which led to the mass death of animals, said in the information support department of the press service of the Eastern Military District (VVO) for the Pacific Fleet.

The district stressed that recently, no major exercises that could affect the ecosystem have been held at the military training grounds of Kamchatka.

Who will understand the situation?

Deputy Prime Minister - Plenipotentiary of the President of Russia in the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev instructed to investigate the reasons for the massive release of animals on the coast of the Kamchatka Territory.

Control over the execution of the order is entrusted tothe office of the authorized representative. According to the press service, the office of the plenipotentiary representative of the President of Russia in the Far Eastern Federal District received appeals from the mass death of marine animals.

Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Russia (TFR)Alexander Bastrykin instructed to transfer to the central office of the department the materials of the pre-investigation check on the mass death of marine animals in Kamchatka. Forensic experts from the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation in the Kamchatka Territory continue to work at the scene, said the official representative of the department, Svetlana Petrenko, on Monday, October 5. According to her, the experts took samples of sea water, atmospheric air and sand for laboratory research.

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The situation near the coastal Kamchatka. Pacific coast. ⁣⁣ ⠀ ⁣⁣⠀ A number of bloggers posted information about the disaster !!! On the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the extinct Khalaktyr Beach and Avacha Bay. ⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⠀ We are grateful for the promptness and indifference! ⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⠀ In turn, from the first messages, we organized a raid (we have it both on a regular basis and on a specific fact). We take samples both in the ocean itself and in adjacent water bodies - a river, a stream flowing into the ocean at this place. ⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⠀ They gave the command to make a number of requests, as well as to carry out activities: ⁣⁣ ⠀ ⁣⁣⠀ 1. A specific order to conduct a raid on this case, and not a group one. ⁣⁣ ⠀ 2. Photo and video recording of materials within raid. 3. The act of inspection of the territory.⁣⁣ ⠀ 4. Request for facts of excess to the local MNR.⁣⁣ ⠀ 5. Contact the blogger in order to clarify the information.⁣⁣ ⠀ 6. Request to the local Ministry of Health about cases of appeal and the availability of information.⁣⁣ ⠀ 7. Request to the Investigative Committee on the availability of information and verification within the framework of their powers. ⠀ 8. Requests to Rospotrebnadzor and Roshydromet about the availability of information on pollutants. ⁣⁣⠀ 9. Daily reference-report on the actual state of affairs and the work done. ⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⠀ The information is contradictory - the resonance is great. Hopefully the law enforcement agencies will get involved. We pass on all the results to the local authorities and expect the same promptness and openness from everyone. ⠀ #Resprirodnadzor #Kamchatka #Pacific

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Now what?

The contaminated area on the coast of Kamchatka should be closed to residents and tourists, said the leader of the public environmental movement Alliance of the Greens, Alexander Zakondyrin.

Objectively understand the situation on Khalaktyrskoyethe beach of Kamchatka should be specialists, but for now it is necessary to restrict access to this territory for visiting residents of the region and tourists. Leading federal experts who work in contact with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, Rosprirodnadzor and Roshydromet have already been involved in the analysis of the situation.

Alexander Zakondyrin, leader of the public ecological movement "Alliance of the Greens"

As stated by the vice chairState Duma of the Russian Federation Irina Yarovaya, leading research centers of Russia will be involved in assessing and restoring the picture of water pollution in Avacha Bay in Kamchatka. About this during a raid on the beaches of the bay on Sunday

In response, the head of the department of RospotrebnadzorKamchatka Territory Yana Gospodarik noted that experts are ready to make appropriate fences immediately. According to Solodov, even if the water condition improves over time, this does not mean that the situation has been resolved. It is necessary to reconstruct the dynamic picture of what happened.

Today it became known that the head of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources Dmitry Kobylkin on October 5 will make a statement on the situation in Kamchatka.

Minister Kobylkin keeps this issue under control,deals with it, keeps in touch with the region. In the afternoon, he means to tell what is happening, what are the first conclusions and what information is required for the first conclusions.

Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin representative

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Kamchatka SOS‼ ️ ⠀ Kamchatka is already the secondecological disaster this year. If you have already forgotten, the first one was in Norilsk. ⠀ All summer I watched the tourists who were lucky enough to fly to Kamchatka and see all this beauty with their own eyes. It was great to see how tourism is developing and people are interested not in Thailand and Bali, but in Baikal, the Far East and Altai. ⠀ But our authorities, as always, ruined everything. ⠀ A possible cause of the ecological catastrophe in Kamchatka is the Heptyl leak (this is a rocket fuel that is used, in particular, on Russian Proton launch vehicles, which can lead to death or harm to health: cause blindness and cancer). ⠀ There was a similar situation with Chernobyl - the authorities were silent, although they knew. In this connection, animals, people and nature have suffered.

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The extended analysis of samples due to the mass death of marine animals in Kamchatka will be completed by October 8.

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