The sunken Russian submarine has been leaking enormous amounts of radiation into the ocean for 30 years off the coast of Norway
- The Norwegian Institute for Sea Research discovered the high levels of radiation
- The submarine & # 39; Komsomolets & # 39; sank in 1989 from Bear Island, a Norwegian territory
- It went down with a nuclear reactor and two nuclear warheads were still on board
Scientists have discovered a major radiation leak from the wreck of a Russian nuclear submarine that sank in the 1980s.
The submarine of Komsomolets sank from the Norwegian Bear Island in 1989 after a fire on board and killed 43 of the 69-strong crew.
Scientists from the Norwegian Marine Research Institute said they have discovered 800,000 times the normal amount of radiation near the wreck that is currently at a depth of 5,577 feet.
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Researchers from the Norwegian Institute for Marine Research took measurements of a channel on the wreck
One of the huge screws of the nuclear submarine on the stern of the ship that is still intact
The submarine nuclear reactor and two nuclear warheads are reportedly still on board.
& # 39; Several samples taken in and around a ventilation channel on the submarine wreck contain much higher levels of radioactive cesium than you would normally find in the Norwegian Sea, & # 39; said the institute in a statement.
The researchers also said that some other samples from the same channel do not contain radiation.
& # 39; We have taken water samples from this specific channel because the Russians had documented leaks here both in the 1990s and more recently in 2007 & # 39 ;, said expedition leader Hilde Elise Heldal.
& # 39; So we were not surprised to find high levels here. & # 39;
According to Heldal, however, there is no cause for concern about the radiation levels.
A robotic arm of an underwater ship takes radiation measurements from one of the channels of the submarine
They found levels of radiation that were up to 800,000 times higher than the safe level
Research vessel G.O. Sars arrived on Sunday at the sublocation and sent AEgir 6000, a submarine drone
& # 39; After the Chernobyl accident in 1986, the Norwegian authorities set this limit at 600 Bq / kg & # 39 ;, she explained.
& # 39; The levels we detected were clearly above what is normal in the oceans, but they were not alarmingly high. & # 39;
& # 39; What we found during our survey has very little influence on Norwegian fish and seafood. In general, the cesium levels in the Norwegian Sea are very low and because the wreck is so deep, the pollution from Komsomolets is quickly diluted, & said Heldal.
& # 39; In recent days we have also taken samples a few meters above the canal. We found no measurable levels of radioactive cesium there, unlike the duct itself & # 39 ;: Justin Gwynn, a researcher at the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA), added.
The joint Norwegian-Russian expedition departed Saturday from Tromsoe, Northern Norway, to study the wreck.
The Norwegian research vessel G.O. Sars arrived on Sunday at the sublocation and sent AEgir 6000, a submarine drone, to analyze the vessel and make creepy images of the wreck.
The Russian submarine sank in 1989 with a nuclear reactor and two nuclear warheads on board
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