The city of Vilnius is preparing for a potential real-life atomic catastrophe at the BelNPP, which is about 40 kilometres away from Lithuanian capital.
Blaring emergency sirens, alert messages, the national broadcaster reporting on the disaster and even rescuers and the military evacuating volunteers playing victims.
“In the event of a nuclear or radiological emergency, go as quickly as possible to the nearest building with undamaged windows and walls.
Close all doors and windows and seal all vents and chimneys. The safest place to be is in the centre of the building or basement,” says the announcer of the Lithuanian TV station.
The four-day nationwide drills have started in Lithuania on 1 October and involve a Chernobyl-like scenario where a nuclear accident at BelNPP sends out a radioactive cloud.
The government has already bought €900,000 of iodine tablets and is conducting nationwide drills to test readiness in the event of a potential radiation leak.
Since construction began in 2012, there have been a string of incidents that made many to believe the Russian-built plant is dangerous and they should prepare for the worst.
The 2,400-megawatt facility’s two reactors are being built by the export arm of Russia’s state-run Rosatom Corp., which also has projects in Turkey, China and Finland.
It can withstand earthquakes and floods, heavy winds and torrential rains, squalls, tornados, hail, dust storms, strong blizzards, ice accumulation, fog, droughts, and other weather phenomena.