Hundreds of dead marine animals have been thrown onto a beach in Russian Kamchatka; local residents say the water on the shore has changed its color. Greenpeace called the situation an ecological disaster.
"According to preliminary data of the investigation, the death of marine life occurred due to the ingress of increased concentration of petroleum hydrocarbons and phenols into the coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean. The sea water also changed color," the statement informs.
Videos filmed by eyewitnesses show dead octopuses, sea urchins, crabs and mussels. In addition, surfers who visited the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky complained of symptoms of poisoning and were diagnosed with corneal burns.
The head of Greenpeace Climate Project in Russia Vasily Yablokov called for immediate action to contain, clean and prevent further pollution.
As it was reported earlier, the nuclear cloud could occur at the South of Ural due to the accidental release of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 at ‘Mayak’ Enterprise in Chelyabinsk region, Russia. Greenpeace appealed to the Russian authorities with the demand to investigate the possible incident that led to the leak of the radioactive isotope in the air.