OSLO (Reuters) – A Soviet nuclear submarine which sank off Norway in 1989 remains to be emitting radiation, researchers mentioned on Wednesday following an expedition that used a remotely managed car for the primary time.
The wreck of the Komsomolets lies on the underside of the Norwegian Sea at a depth of about 1,700 meters (5,577 ft).
Authorities have carried out yearly expeditions to watch radiation ranges for the reason that 1990s however this yr’s inspection was the primary one to make use of a remotely operated car known as Aegir 6000 to movie the wreckage and take samples which might be additional analyzed.
The scientific mission’s samples present ranges of radioactivity on the web site as much as 800,000 larger than regular, the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Security Authority mentioned in a press release.
“That is after all a better stage than we’d normally measure out at sea however the ranges we’ve got discovered now usually are not alarming,” mentioned expedition chief Hilde Elise Heldal of the Norwegian Institute of Marine Analysis.
Radioactivity ranges “skinny out” shortly at these depths and there are few fish within the space, she mentioned.
The Komsomolets sank on April 7, 1989, after a fireplace broke out on board, killing 42 crew.
On July 1, 14 Russian sailors have been killed aboard a nuclear submarine working within the Arctic.