The Norwegian Agency for radiation and nuclear safety posted on Twitter a photo of the sunken Soviet nuclear submarine (SSN) K-278 “Komsomolets”.
“The researchers have obtained the first images of the crash later Sunday evening [July 7],” reads the caption to the picture.
According to The Barents Observer, the photo was obtained from deep-sea unmanned Ægir 6000, a portable research vessel G. O. Sars. The aim of the expedition is the study of the radiation situation near the nuclear submarine.
TV 2 said that the level of radiation in the ventilation pipe of reactor compartment of 100,000 times higher than normal, but not a threat to fisheries in the Norwegian sea. The TV channel notes that in the recent Russian expedition to the Premier League, held in March 2007, was recorded a radiation leak.
1 July in the Barents sea has suffered accident the Russian nuclear deep-water station project 10831 AC-31 “Losharik”, which, according to the defense Ministry, were involved in the bathymetric measurements.
The submarine K-278 Komsomolets, project 685 “Fin” sank on 7 April 1989 at a depth of 1680 metres, 180 km South of Bear island in the Norwegian sea. Of the 69 who were on the submarine 42 people were killed. The disaster has sparked a fire in the seventh compartment of the submarine. K-278 “Komsomolets” holds the record for dives (1027 meters). The submarine has a nuclear power plant (YASU) and two torpedoes with plutonium warheads.
Video, photo All from Russia.