Germany: Leaks On Nord Stream Look Like Targeted Attacks, Explosions Recorded
EUROPE - German authorities say that a pressure drop of both the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines look to be a "targeted attack". Explosions have been recorded in the area before the leaks were detected.
According to German news agency Spiegel, the CIA had warned of attacks on the Baltic Sea pipelines months ago, during the summer. The CIA had reportedly given a tip to Berlin during the summer, according to Spiegel, who cited "people familiar with the matter".
According to German news agency Tagespiegel (translated), the German government has assessed that the damage to the pipelines look to be a targeted attack, and reports that Moscow "doesn't want to rule out any option either".
The German federal authorities said, "Our imagination no longer yields a scenario that is not a targeted attack", regarding multiple leaks that have been reportedly found in the pipelines.Tagesspiegel reported that "Such a suspected attack on the seabed is anything but trivial, it has to be carried out with special forces, for example navy divers, or a submarine, according to the circles informed about the first assessment of the situation".
Swedish Authorities had said that it had issued a warning of two leaks on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline in Swedish and Danish waters, after the leak on Nordstream 2 had been discovered.
A Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) spokesperson reportedly told Reuters earlier that "There are two leaks on Nord Stream 1 - one in Swedish economic zone and one in Danish economic zone. They are very near each other."
A second SMA spokesperson told Reuters, "We are keeping extra watch to make sure no ship comes too close to the site."
On Monday Reuters reported that Danish authorities had told vessels located around Bornholm to stay away from the area within a five nautical mile radius due to a gas leak from the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that was draining into the Baltic Sea.
After that, it was revealed that the Nord Stream 1 pipeline also had a drop in pressure on both of its own lines.
Swedish news site SVT Nyheter has cited a Seismologist who said that there were two explosions next to the Nord Stream pipeline just before the leaks appeared, and that they were detected by measuring stations in both Sweden and Denmark.
The news agency stated that one of the explosions was a magnitude of 2.3, similar to a "perceptible earthquake" and was registered at "measuring stations throughout the country".
The news agency said that you can see how the "waves bounce from the bottom to the surface. There is no doubt that it was a blast or explosion".
It says that the first explosion was recorded at 02:03 Monday night, and the second at 19.04 Monday evening.
Then it said that reports of the gas leaks from the Maritime Administration happened at 1:52 pm and 8:41 pm on Monday, after vessels detected bubbles appearing on the surface in the ocean.
SVT said that they obtained the coordinates of the measured explosions and that they are in the same area where the gas leaks were recorded.
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