4th leak reported on Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea

STOCKHOLM — A fourth Nord Stream pipeline leak has been reported off southern Sweden, the Swedish News Agency reported on Thursday.

The Swedish coastguard told the TT news agency they had a vessel at the site of the leak, off Sweden. The four leaks detected are in international waters, two near Sweden and two near Denmark.

Nord Stream gas pipelines cross the Baltic to transport gas from Russia to Germany. Neither pipeline was working, but both were full of gas. The Danish and Swedish governments believe that the leaks from their countries were “deliberate actions”.

Before the leaks were reported, explosions were recorded. A first explosion was recorded Monday morning by seismologists southeast of the Danish island of Bornholm. A second, stronger explosion northeast of the island that night was equivalent to a magnitude 2.3 earthquake. Seismic stations in Denmark, Norway and Finland also recorded the explosions.

Some European officials and energy experts have said Russia is likely to be responsible for any sabotage – it benefits directly from rising energy prices and economic anxiety across Europe – although others have put cautioned against pointing fingers until investigators are able to determine what happened.

Speaking on Wednesday before the fourth leak was reported, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said it would have taken a large explosive device to cause the damage.

ABC News

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