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    Soviet sub that sank off Norway in 1989 still emitting radiation

    Soviet sub that sank off Norway in 1989 still emitting radiation


    Screen grab of the conning tower of the sunken "Komsomolets" submarine.

    7/10/19
    OSLO (Reuters) - A Soviet nuclear submarine which sank off Norway in 1989 is still emitting radiation, researchers said on Wednesday following an expedition that used a remotely controlled vehicle for the first time. The wreck of the Komsomolets lies on the bottom of the Norwegian Sea at a depth of about 1,700 meters (5,577 feet). Authorities have conducted yearly expeditions to monitor radiation levels since the 1990s but this year’s inspection was the first one to use a remotely operated vehicle called Aegir 6000 to film the wreckage and take samples which will be further analyzed. The scientific mission’s samples show levels of radioactivity at the site up to 800,000 higher than normal, the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority said in a statement. Radioactivity levels “thin out” quickly at these depths and there are few fish in the area, she said. The Komsomolets sank on April 7, 1989, after a fire broke out on board, killing 42 crew. On July 1, 14 Russian sailors were killed aboard a nuclear submarine operating in the Arctic.
    A vent hole on the sub deck is connected directly to the nuclear reactor. With some regularity, this vent belches a cloud of radioactive material out and into the ocean. Scientists say the depth and the location render this phenomenon as non-threatening to humans. 30 years have gone by and dangerously high levels of radiation still exist within the submarine.

    Related: Russian Nuclear Sub Wreck's Radiation 100K Higher Than Normal, Scientists Say

    Testing the cloud of material exiting the Komsomolets reactor from a deck vent.....



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    Re: Soviet sub that sank off Norway in 1989 still emitting radiation

    Lest we forget 1957: Kyshtym disaster - Wikipedia

    "the area of the EURT is still heavily contaminated with radioactivity."

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    Re: Soviet sub that sank off Norway in 1989 still emitting radiation

    I very briefly visited Chelyabinsk. Also, in 2013 a fair sized meteor broke up in the skies over Chelyabinsk. Its shock wave broke windows and knocked down parts of buildings in six Russian cities and caused some 1,500 people to seek medical attention for injuries, mostly from flying glass.


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