Two Underwater Explosions Recorded Before Nord Stream 1 & 2 Leaks | War in Ukraine

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Two underwater explosions recorded before Nord Stream leaks 1 and 2 | War in Ukraine

A view of the explosion at Nord Stream 2 off the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.

Two underwater explosions “most likely due to detonations were recorded near the sites of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipeline leaks shortly before they were detected, a Swedish seismic institute said on Tuesday.

A first massive emission of energy with a magnitude of 1.9 was recorded overnight from Sunday to Monday at 02:03 a.m. local time, southeast of the Danish island of Bornholm and then a another of magnitude 2.3 at 7:04 p.m. Monday evening in the northeast of the island, Peter Schmidt of the Swedish National Seismic Network told AFP.

We interpret it as most likely coming from some form of detonation, he said.

The Norwegian Independent Seismological Institute (Norsar) confirmed in the wake of having also recorded a small explosion early Monday morning and another more powerful Monday evening, which it suspects of being deliberate.

This is an explosion of significance. It's tempting to think it was the work of someone who knew what he was doing, its director, Anne Strømmen Lycke, told AFP.

With such large energy emissions, there's not much other than an explosion that could have caused it, Schmidt said. .

The tremors were very sudden, notes the seismologist from the Swedish University of Uppsala.

The three Large leaks identified since Monday off the Danish island of Bornholm are visible on the surface with bubbling ranging from 200 meters up to 1 kilometer in diameter, according to footage from the Danish military. /p>

The unexplained leaks are the result of a planned terror attack by Moscow against the European Union, Ukraine claimed on Tuesday, amid growing suspicions of sabotage.

Objects of geopolitical arm wrestling in recent months, the two pipelines operated by a consortium dependent on the Russian giant Gazprom are not operational due to the consequences of the war in Ukraine. But both were still filled with gas.

The Kremlin said it was extremely concerned, believing that no hypothesis should be ruled out, including that of sabotage. For Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, it is hard to imagine that it was accidental and sabotage cannot be ruled out.

According to Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who visited Ukraine last spring, it is hard to believe that it was an accident.

L&#x27 The pipeline operator, the Nord Stream Consortium, said it could not see or assess the damage, but acknowledged the exceptional nature of the situation.

An incident in which three pipes simultaneously experiencing difficulties on the same day is not ordinary, a spokesperson told AFP.

Military officials regularly warn of the risk of sabotaging essential civilian underwater installations, such as telecommunications cables, electrical connections or hydrocarbons.

Despite the uncertainty about the cause of the leaks, Copenhagen immediately placed its energy infrastructure on orange alert, the second highest level of vigilance.

Gas pipeline leaks are extremely rare and we therefore see a reason to increase the level of vigilance following the incidents we have witnessed in the last 24 hours, explained the director of the Danish Agency for Energy, Kristoffer Böttzauw, promising extensive monitoring of Denmark's critical infrastructure.

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Concrete measures to increase the safety of factories and installations will have to be put in place by companies in the sector, particularly with regard to access, surveillance and the proper maintenance of installations.

Germany has stepped up monitoring of its energy infrastructure, with gas pipeline leaks extremely rare.

After the announcement Monday evening by the consortium operating Due to a sudden drop in pressure on Nord Stream 1, Danish Climate and Energy Minister Dan Jørgensen and Swedish maritime authorities confirmed two more leaks in addition to the one affecting Nord Stream 2 on Tuesday morning.

All three are located off the Danish island of Bornholm, located between the southern coast of Sweden and Poland.

Built in parallel to the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline was intended to double the capacity for importing Russian gas into Germany. But its impending commissioning has been suspended, in retaliation for Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

Gazprom gradually reduced volumes of gas delivered through Nord Stream 1 until the pipeline was completely shut down at the end of August, blaming Western sanctions for delaying needed repairs to the pipeline.

The German authorities have not yet reacted. But according to a source close to the German government, quoted by the German daily Taggesspiegel, everything speaks against a coincidence and in favor of a targeted attack.

Navigation has been prohibited within a radius of 5 nautical miles (approximately 9 kilometers) around the three leaks, as well as their overflight within a radius of one kilometer.

According to Authorities say the incidents have no consequences for the safety or health of residents of the neighboring Danish islands of Bornholm and Christiansø.

Environmental impact is expected to be local and limited , according to initial assessments.

With her Polish and Norwegian counterparts, the Danish Prime Minister inaugurated the Baltic Pipe on Tuesday, a gas pipeline linking Poland to Norway and passing through Denmark .

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