A sudden fire broke out at the Russian Antarctic station “Mirny” WAP RUS-Ø7 on last june 21st at 16:40 GMT time. The fire erupted at its weather research unit (Meteomarine) and quickly spread to several other labs, helped by strong winds.
The station has lost the Aerology Lab (aerology it’s a branch of meteorology that studies the free atmosphere, that is not influenced by the soil), the Laboratory of Physical Institute of the RAS, program Stratospheric sounding of cosmic rays, server, hydro meteorological laboratory and the radio room.
Mirny Station actually houses 23 staff members, no one injured. The state-funded Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute said that 11 people who worked at the damaged building were evacuated and resettled at other premises. It said that communications with the outpost have been fully restored
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Alexander Solodov, RX3ABI is one of the members overwintering at Mirny Station (WAP RUS-Ø7). He is supposed to be there till February 2021 operating as RI1ANM. At the moment, nobody knows if and when he could return on air.