Geophysical Journal | 2004 volume 26 6

Geophysical effects and ecological consequences of fire and explosions of ammunitions at a military base near Melitopol

© L F. Chernogor

Geophysical effects and geo-ecological consequences of the Melitopol catastrophe have been analyzed. The total mass of detonated ammunitions is equal to 10 kilotons, and their stored amount is up to 100 kilotons. Fire and explosions lasted more than nine days. The magnitude of the effects and ecological consequences are shown to be considerable. The energy of the secondary exceeded that one of the original processes — explosions and fires by a factor of 3 to 4 as was in case of similar events.

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