Soviet Union: Big Bang

Blast destroys a naval depot

"It was a biggie." Those were the words that a U.S. intelligence official used last week to describe the explosion that ripped through the Soviet naval munitions depot at Severomorsk, 900 miles north of Moscow. Judging from the sketchy details that are known, he was not exaggerating. The blast apparently caused such destruction last month that Western analysts initially thought that a nuclear bomb had gone off. After studying satellite photos and other intelligence, they finally concluded that the big bang had come from the explosion of a...

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