Fire destroys Brazilian research base in Antarctica

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incendio base brasileira antartidaAn explosion, followed by fire, destroyed the research base that the Brazil maintained in Antarctica. The accident killed two soldiers and Navy personnel evicted 59 people composed of scientists, biologists and military who lived on site.

According to the Navy, uma falha ainda não identificada nos geradores de energy que alimentam a estação brasileira no polo sul causou uma explosão. Uma hipótese é que o diesel contido nos reservatórios dos geradores tenha se espalhado pela base destruindo as instalações brasileiras no continente gelado.

In note, a Marinha confirmou a morte do suboficial Carlos Alberto Vieira Figueiredo e o first-sargento Roberto Lopes dos Santos. According to the Brazilian team of biologists, In addition to the lives lost, the fire damage is incalculable. Searches with the Antarctic fauna were completely destroyed.

In brief note, the Navy, the institution responsible for the maintenance of the Brazilian base, States that all national held in Antarctica was effectively removed to Punta Arenas, City in the extreme south of Chile. Uma aeronave da Força Aérea Brasileira deve deixar o Rio de January para resgatar os brasileiros no Chile.

This Saturday, venta and neva Brazilian region, What prevents marine technicians returned to the site of the accident to investigate the causes of the tragedy. “As soon as weather conditions permit, the Navy, with support from Chilean vessels, will send a team to the Brazilian base to assess the damage caused to the structure of the station”, informs the official note.

In addition to 30 researchers, lived at the station Commander Ferraz, a climber, representatives of the Ministry of the environment and 12 officials from Arsenal de Marinha, Rio de Janeiro. Todos já deixaram a Antártida e estão em safety in Chile, informs the Navy.

The photo utterly destroyed the base, that in addition to kitchen and bedroom, maintained biological and climatic research laboratory, Library and workshops for maintenance of boats.

The Brazil maintains a base in Antarctica since 1954. A military investigation will determine the causes of the fire.

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