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Finland. Disturbing smell in Helsinki. Similar reports from St. Petersburg, Russia

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A strong smell, reminiscent of sulfur or burning rubber, was felt along the coastline in Helsinki on Sunday. Residents of St. Petersburg, Russia, also complained about a similar smell.

The city's rescue department reported that the odor was felt for about 60 kilometers along the coastline of the Baltic Sea. Including Helsinki, the city of Espoo neighboring the capital and Porvoo located several dozen kilometers to the east.

The department assured that “the authorities are monitoring the situation.” The statement added that there is no information that the smell could pose any health risk. It has not been stated what its source may be.

The Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority did not record any radiation changes. The Border Guard checked the area along the Gulf of Finland and the Estonian authorities were also contacted. No anomalies detected.

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Similar reports from St. Petersburg

Reuters, citing the Russian portal Fontanka, reported that a similar smell was also felt in St. Petersburg, which is approximately 300 kilometers away from Helsinki in a straight line.

Local authorities, quoted by the portal, reported that air pollution testing stations in the area did not record any exceedances of the standard.

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