Russian capital Moscow shrouded in noxious gas

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Residents of parts of the Russian capital Moscow have been urged by the emergencies ministry to stay indoors because of a noxious gas that is spreading through the city.

The source of the gas is unclear – no accidents have been reported at any of Moscow’s chemical factories.

Media reports said that the gas was hydrogen sulphide, which can be highly toxic and smells like rotten eggs.

It has been smelt in central, eastern and south-eastern parts of the city.

The gas was also detected in the capital’s main shopping areas and around the parliament building, reports said.

Russia’s emergencies ministry blamed the problem on a failure at a Moscow oil refinery, Interfax reported. However, the refinery’s owner Gazprom Neft said there had been no accident and the levels of hydrogen sulphide at the plant were not excessive.

An earlier report suggested that the foul-smelling gas was coming from a network of facilities treating urban wastewater.

Natalya Gorelova, a 25-year-old resident of north-west Moscow, told the BBC she first noticed the gas on her way to her work in the south-west of the city during the morning.

“I have smelt the toxic gas all day. I’m at home now and I closed the windows. We are sitting at home, but I have a headache.”

Exposure even to low concentrations of hydrogen sulphide can lead to headaches, dizziness and nausea, experts say.

“Since 11:00 this morning I have sensed a bad smell everywhere I go,” one Muscovite tweeted, “whether at home, in the street or at work. “I thought I was getting sick and having [a] hallucination.”

Weather experts quoted in the Russian media say that the effects of the gas have been made worse because the current conditions in Moscow are “not conducive to the rapid dispersion of pollutants in the air”.

One response to “Russian capital Moscow shrouded in noxious gas

  1. Found more detail to your article:

    As employees’ Mosekomonitoring “exceeding maximum single standard for hydrogen sulfide, according to November 10, was recorded in the east and south-east of Moscow, in particular in the streets Luhmanovskaya, 16th and Park Golovacheva.
    On the subject of the source of pollution will be investigated, says Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Moscow. However, preliminary data, said the publication “Vedomosti”, suggest that the source of emissions is the Moscow Oil Refinery (MOR) “Gazprom oil”, located near Lublin.
    It is worth noting that weather conditions established in the present time in the capital, is not conducive to the rapid dissipation of the volatile matter in the atmosphere, according to “Medusa” with reference to the words of the staff situation center Hydromet.
    After the first reports of unpleasant odor MOE advised residents of the capital to close the doors and windows and reduce the time spent on the street.
    Moscow, ecology

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