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Before the Nord Stream leaks, Swedish seismologists recorded two underwater explosions

Two underwater explosions were recorded before leaks were discovered at three locations along the Nord Stream pipeline, the Swedish Seismological Institute said on Tuesday.

Authorities in Scandinavian countries reported on Tuesday the detection of two leaks on the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, laid at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, hours after a similar incident on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

These unexplained leaks from gas pipelines built from Russia to Europe have raised suspicions of possible sabotage.

Uppsala University’s SNSN seismology institute recorded two “huge releases of energy” shortly before the leaks near their sites off the Danish island of Bornholm, the academic seismologist told AFP. Peter Schmidt.

“The first was at 2 a.m. 3 minutes (3 hours 3 minutes Lithuanian time) southeast of Bornholm; [sprogimo] strength was 1.9 [balo]. Then on Monday evening we saw an explosion at 7 p.m. 4 minutes – the next event a little further north… Apparently it was a little stronger. We estimated the strength at 2.3 [balo]“, said P. Schmidt.

“When that much energy is released, it can only cause an explosion, not much else,” he said.

Mr Schmidt explained that the energy releases were “very sudden” and not a “slow collapse”, so the events “were probably some kind of explosions”.

Norway’s earthquake research center NORSAR also reported recording a “small explosion” early Monday and a “more powerful explosion”. [sprogimą] Monday evening.”

The Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines have been at the epicenter of geopolitical tensions in recent months. Russia, sanctioned by the West for its invasion of Ukraine, responded by cutting off Europe’s natural gas supply.

Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 belong to a consortium majority-owned by the Russian gas giant Gazprom. They are currently out of service, but there is still gas in the pipes and they have been gushing since Monday.

Photos taken by the Danish military and released on Tuesday show a violently boiling sea surface at three dump sites in the Swedish and Danish economic zones.

Source: The Delfi

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