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Russian nuclear sub poses Arctic risk

A nuclear submarine that was once the pride of the Soviet navy now lies abandoned in the Arctic and Russia is considering salvaging it.

K-27 still contains highly enriched nuclear fuel - extremely toxic, but so far no leaks have been detected. It was dumped in the Kara Sea in 1982, after a reactor accident which killed nine sailors.

Russia is investigating the state of the sub and thousands of dumped nuclear containers and reactors in the remote sea. But the job is very hard, in temperatures well below freezing.

Norway is helping Russia with expertise. The data collection is vital, not only for human safety, but also because Russia and US oil giant ExxonMobil are exploring for oil and gas in the area.

This footage from the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority shows the submarine underwater.

  • 24 Jan 2013
  • From the section Europe
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