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Soviet Nuclear Sub That Sank Off Coast of Norway in 1989 Still Emitting Radiation

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Soviet Nuclear Sub That Sank Off Coast of Norway in 1989 Still Emitting Radiation

Soviet Nuclear Sub That Sank Off Coast of Norway in 1989 Still Emitting Radiation

The wreck of a Soviet nuclear submarine that sunk off the coast of Norway in 1989 is showing levels of radiation up to 800,000 times above the normal level for the Norwegian Sea, scientists at Norway’s Institute of Marine Research have said.

The level did not, however, pose a danger to marine life or humans, as it would be quickly diluted.

The 800,000 figure was the highest taken from a ventilation duct of the submarine.

More generally, levels of 100,000 times normal were found, researchers said.

The Komsomolets was a nuclear-powered titanium-hulled attack submarine capable of deep-diving and equipped with two torpedoes carrying nuclear warheads.

The submarine sank on April 7, 1989, after a fire broke out on board.

Forty-two people died.

Expedition leader Hilde Elise Heldal said the radiation levels did not pose a threat, and said the results were still considered preliminary.

“We will study the samples even more thoroughly when we get home,&quot; Heldal said.

Credit: Institute of Marine Research via Storyful

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