Researchers have found out the reasons for water pollution off the coast of Kamchatka. The samples were taken by specialists on the surface, and it turned out that the level of oil products exceeded the norm by 3.6 times, and phenols – twice. It was the surfers who sounded the alarm at the end of September, when they developed skin irritation and swollen eyes after swimming on the Khalaktyrsky beach.
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Specialists went to the scene and examined the Khalaktyrsky beach, Bolshaya and Malaya Lagernykh, as well as Babya Bay. The bodies of sea creatures were found. As a result, experts made a water intake, took sand samples and sent an airplane with analyzes to Moscow along with samples of dead animals.
According to Vera Polyakova, head of Kamchatgidromet, oil pollution occurred in the bottom layer. For this reason, the first analyzes did not show critical excess of pollution indicators, since initially the samples were taken on the surface.
As noted, next week, experts will conduct repeated studies, and samples will be studied both on the surface and in the middle and in the bottom layers of water. The agency intends to send commissions to river estuaries to get the maximum picture of this incident. People are advised not to swim in the designated areas until the situation is under the full control of experts.