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A radiation false alarm in Yaroslavl


For perhaps the first time ever, Yaroslavl has something in common with Hawaii: on Tuesday morning, the Russian city suffered its own accidental disaster warning, as local television networks and radio stations briefly notified people that a radioactive leak had been detected in the area.

According to the region’s emergency management agency, a software error at a local broadcasting station caused the error. The radiation warning was reportedly a recording, sent out automatically after it was triggered by accident.

Radiation background levels remain safely within the normal range, say state officials, who are calling on people in Yaroslavl to remain calm.