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23:41 – [VNS, Karachi]: Transchurnovian troops have opened fire on large panicking crowds thronging the streets of Uygurovsch, demanding immediate evacuation and access to iodine tablets according to social media reports.
23:38 GMT – [VNS, London]: The British Foreign Office has advised all UK citizens based in Transchurnovia to leave the country immediately. The Foreign Office is working with the US statement department on evacuation efforts. The Foreign Office has also offered to assist the Transchurnovian government in controlling the disaster.
23:35 GMT – [BBC Monitoring Service, Cavesham]: Russian state radio in a bulletin claims that at least twelve Russian technicians working at the Uygurovsch nuclear power plant died when a series of explosions occurred earlier today “leading to a serious fire” at the plant.
23:31 GMT – [Associated Press, Washington DC]: The US Secretary of State Jonathan Doe says that military intelligence including satellite surveillance shows that “nuclear disaster of a major character” is taking place in the central Asian republic of Transchurnovia. Speaking at a Pentagon press conference Secretary Doe called on all US citizens to leave the country as soon as possible. The state department has asked the Transchurnovian to allow the US to fly military transport planes into the country from bases in Uzbekistan. It is estimated that there are approximately 250 US and other western citizens living in the capital city Uygurovsch, located about 50km from the nuclear plant. The pentagon has released satellite images of the site, showing the entire plant on fire and a huge “mushroom cloud” of radioactive smoke, steam and debris being blown due east in strong upper atmospheric winds. Analysis of the images shows that the roofs of all three nuclear reactors have been blown off and are now belching white hot radioactive smoke and lava.
23:27 GMT – [BBC monitoring service, London]: Voice of Transchurnovia, the country’s state controlled Russian language radio station has carried a short report towards the end of its scheduled bulletin claiming that two people died, and “several” people were injured fighting a fire which destroyed “part of the power plant has been damaged”.
23:22 GMT – [VNS Beijing, China]: Chinese People’s Army border guards on the western border with Transchurnovia near Kahi report seeing what they describe “giant mushroom cloud” in the distance to the West in the direction of Uygurovsch. The Chinese embassy in Uygurovsch has issued a complaint and a demand that reconnaissance planes from the Chinese airforce be allowed to fly into Transchurnovian airspace to assess the scale of the disaster.
23:11 GMT – [VNS Seoul, South Korea]: The South Korean ministry of civil defence is distributing iodine tablets in parts of country likely to be down wind of the Uygurovsch incident. In a statement the ministry said that children and pregnant women were advised to take iodine in order to protect them from thyroid cancer after exposure to radioactive fall-out. The country’s civil defence force – expanded in recent years because of the threat of potential nuclear attack from North Korea – has been placed on “full alert”. Up to 20 million people in South Korea may in the path of any radioactive cloud heading east from Churnovia. Civil defence sources in Korea say that hundreds of millions of people in China, Mongolia, Siberia, Central Asia and Japan may also be at risk under current meteorological conditions.
23:02 GMT – [Japanese Independent News Service, Tokyo]: The nuclear research and monitoring laboratory of the Japanese Nuclear Monitoring Incident at Nagasaki University announces that an MCA (maximum credible accident) appears “certain” to have occurred in central Asia, centred on Uygurovsch, Transchunovia. Scientists say increase in atmospheric radiation is “commensurate with a either a complete meltdown of one or more of the reactor cores or an atmospheric air-burst of a crude nuclear explosive device”. The reading were taken at the institute, cross referenced with meteorological data showing strong winds blowing east from central Asia across China towards Japan and the pacific. The reading were further verified by the institute’s low orbit monitoring satellite and remote sensors at Japanese properties in Transchurnovia, Mongolia, Kirghizia, China and Korea.
22:59 GMT – JINS NOTIFICATION TO JIN SUBSCRIBERS: Japan Independent News is suspending coverage of international stories in order to assign reporters throughout east and central Asia to report on Uygurovsch nuclear incident. Normal service will be resumed when the incident has been scaled. Best wishes. JINS news, Toyko.
22:50 GMT – [China Daily English Language Service, Beijing]: The government of China has summoned the ambassador of the Transchurnovian Republic to register a complaint and obtain an explanation of elevated levels of radioactive pollution detected in western desert region of Xinjiang near the Transchurnovian boarder. Scientists at Nuclear Power Plant in Bang Sha Hiux, Xinjiang, have detected elevated levels of radioactivity in the area. After studying meteorological data concerning wind direction, the government of China believes that the source of the radio could be a nuclear weapons test or a radiation leak in the eastern part of Transchurnovia where China has previously expressed concerns over safety and quality standards in place at a number of Russian built nuclear power plants dating from the 1980s. The increased radioactivity reading were initially picked up when a routine check at the Bang Sha Hiux plant revealed that the soles shoes worn by a radiological safety engineers at the plant were highly radioactive.
22:42 GMT – [BBC Monitoring Service]: Transchurnovia TV news has announced that an accident has occurred at the Uygurovsch Nuclear Power Plant.
“Measures are being taken to eliminate consequences of the accident. Aid is being given to those affected. A government commission has been set up”.
All radio broadcasts run by the state replaced with sombre classical music, a common method in Transchurnovia of preparing the public for an announcement that a tragedy or change in political leadership has taken place.
The announcement was brief and neutral in tone, with no further details.
22:36 GMT – [VNS data and graphics, London]: Background briefing on Transchurnovia.
Republic of Transchurnovia
Population: 9,350,340 (2014)
Capital City: Uygurovsch
Languages: Churnovian, Uzbek, Tadjik, Russian.
Religion: 80% Sunni Muslim; 15% Shia; 5% other.
Economy: GDP per head is USD 2,800. Transchurnovia is one of the poorest countries in the world. The only countries in Asia poorer than Transchurnovia are North Korea and Afghanistan. Transchurnovia has few natural resources. It is heavily dependent on oil imported from Russia. Energy poverty has been addressed by rapid development of nuclear energy. The country has four controversial Russian built nuclear power plants.
Politics and current issues:
Transchurnovia is a remote former part of the USSR and throughout modern history has been dominated by Russia. The country is ethnically Turkish. The country is nominally a democratic republic. The current president Cenk Djevillah was re-elected to a second ten year term in 2012 amid accusations of vote rigging and intimidation. The country has a poor record on human rights, and is ranked as one of the worst countries in the world for free of the press. The state owns all the broadcast TV and radio outlets and tightly controls the use of the internet. The state also distributes the country’s main newspapers and enforces strict censorship.
Transchurnovia is ranked by Transparency International as one of the most corrupt countries in the world, and this has impacted foreign trade. Much of the economy is in the hands of the ruling Djevillah family or of Russian companies. Current political and stability issues include a small but active Islamist movement which has threatened acts of terrorism, and narcotics. The US state department has estimated that over 25% of the country’s foreign exchange, excluding trade with Russia, is derived from the sale of drugs, especially opium and heroin.
22:28 GMT – [BBC pronunciation unit, Manchester]: Reported Nuclear Incident: The correct pronunciation of Uygurovsch is YOU-GER-OH-VITCH.
22:20 GMT – [Associated Press, Washington DC]: CIA chief Amy Stults says Islamic terrorists “unlikely” to have played any role in today events in Transchurnovia.
“Most likely this was a civil nuclear accident as indicated by satellite imagery.” Stults added that although terrorist activity, including a possible attack on the plant which lead to the fire, could not be ruled out there was “no positive intelligence at this indicating this is a terrorist action”.
The NSA has released images from its NH-11 earth reconnaissance satellite showing an apparent incident and fire at Russian-built nuclear reactor in the outskirts of Uygurovsch. The pictures show “billowing clouds” of smoke obscuring the top of the reactor site. There is a red glow at the centre of the cloud, which indicates a “huge fire”. It is proving difficult to assess damage as the clouds are obscuring much of the site. In an update the NSA has highlighted a risk of “widespread regional or global radioactive pollution”. The agency has briefed allies in the region and is preparing for the possible evacuation of US citizens from Transchurnovia and “possibly from the region more widely”.
22:13 GMT – [VNS, Washington DC, USA]: US National Security Agency chief Jackson Doelly has advised US citizens located in the central Asian republic of Transchurnovia to leave the country “as quickly as possible” amid fears of a “potential radioactive catastrophe” detected by US intelligence satellites.
The Uygurovsch plant uses dated pressurised water technology, similar to that used at the Chernobyl site in Russian, and long said in the west to be dangerous and obsolete. In the past neighbouring countries including China and Pakistan have called for the plant to be closed on safety grounds, because of the potential risk from a Chernobyl-type explosion.
20:08 GMT – [Russian State News Service (RSNS), Moscow] A terrorist group calling itself the Islamic Caliphate of the Turkic East (ICTE) has issued a statement claiming that it is behind an “uprising” against the “apostate and infidel regime” of Transchurnovia, calling for it to become part of an Islamic caliphate in central asia. ICTE says its fighters were the source of gunfire and explosions in Uygurovsch.
20:01 GMT – [Virtual News Service (VNS), Karachi] ADVISORY: Australian tourists in the remote central Asian city of Uygurovsch, capital of the Transchurnovian republic say that large numbers of government troops have occupied the centre of the city, clearing the streets and pushing citizens away at gun point. Earlier the tourists report hearing distant explosions sounding like heavy artillery fire or bombing, together with flashes in the sky. These events follow rumours of a potential military coup and heightened terrorist activity in the country. The tourists, posting on facebook, claimed they were in fear for their lives. Posting has stopped and it is believed that the Transchurnovian regime has shut down social media and telecoms in the capital.
VNS Central Asia bureau is deploying reporters to Uygurovsch and will update soonest.
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