At the Soviet submarine that sank in Norway, discovered the radiation leak

K-278 "Komsomolets" - Soviet nuclear submarine (NPS), which holds the absolute record for the immersion depth among submarines - almost 1030 meters. April 7, 1989 the boat sank last and sank. As a result of a terrible accident killed 42 people. On board the "Komsomolets", as befits a nuclear submarine was a nuclear reactor. He now lies at the bottom of the Norwegian Sea and seems to be missing radiation.

At the Soviet submarine that sank in Norway, discovered the radiation leak

radiation leak in a submarine "Komsomolets"

Norwegian Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety has posted on the Twitter photo of the sunken "Komsomolets". This photograph was taken with the help of deep-sea unmanned Ægir 6000, carried the research vessel G. O. Sars. Just the other day, July 1, in the Barents Sea was a fire on the submarine "Losharik" and "Orenburg", people died. These boats worked about as well as Norwegian vehicles, take a picture: one ship serves as a carrier, and the other - a separate research station.

Slik ser den sovjetiske atomubåten "Komsomolets" ut i dag - 30 år etter at den sank i Norskehavet. Forskerne fikk de første bildene av vraket sent søndag kveld. pic.twitter.com/4QBMB3svPv - Direktoratet for strålevern og atomsikkerhet (@Straalevernet) July 8, 2019

"It looks like today the Soviet nuclear submarine" Komsomolets "- 30 years after it sank in the Norwegian Sea. The researchers obtained the first pictures of the crash late on Sunday, "- said in the caption.

In the course of the expedition to the sunken "Komsomolets" it became clear that the ship "passes" radiation. The radiation level in the area of ​​the vent pipe of the reactor compartment 100, 000 times higher than normal, however, reported the researchers, threats to fisheries is not in the Norwegian Sea.

By the way, scientists believe that nuclear energy would save humanity.

The nuclear submarine "Komsomolets" died in 1989, returning from a third military service, which lasted less than two months, from February 28, 1989 on April 7, 1989. On the day of the accident the boat managed to emerge from a depth of 380 meters. A fire occurred in the two adjoining compartments were destroyed system main ballast tanks - on board the submarine water starts to arrive. 69 people began to evacuate, but 42 people were killed. The reactor of the boat is securely plugged, but the torpedo tubes are torpedoes with nuclear warheads. They, most likely, and are a source of radiation. According to Lenta.ru, in March 2007, the submarine visited the sunken Russian expedition in Norway. Then also documented leakage of radiation. What this will do? Probably nothing - it is not yet a significant threat. Work at great depths is always fraught with danger, but a clash with radiation - a double threat. Any expedition to the sunken nuclear reactor for the purpose of neutralization would be very expensive and complex, requiring years to develop. If the situation is worse, have to hurry.

The accident and the collapse of the nuclear submarine - it's always a great tragedy. Read more about what happened on the "Orenburg" and "Losharike".