A nuclear reactor from a Soviet submarine found in the Kara Sea

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A nuclear reactor from a Soviet submarine found in the Kara Sea

The container of the nuclear reactor of the submarine K-19 was discovered by the Tsentrospas detachment of the Russian Emergencies Ministry in the Ambrosiev Gulf in the Kara Sea. As reported in the Telegram channel “Tsentrospas”, now the experts intend to examine the find: examine for structural integrity, carry out a spectral analysis and sampling of plant material from the object.

“The vessel“ Akademik Mstislav Keldysh ”reached the set point and anchored in front of the Ambrosiev Bay. Here, according to the plan of the expedition, work will be carried out to examine the container of the nuclear reactor of the K-19 submarine, ”the Telegram channel of“ Tsentrospas ”says.

K-19 – one of the first Soviet nuclear submarines armed with nuclear missiles, was launched in 1959 and served in the USSR Navy until 1990. For more than 30 years, the nuclear missile carrier has experienced several serious accidents. So in 1961, due to an accident on a submarine, eight people died. In 1969, the K-19 collided with an American submarine. And in 1972, a fire broke out on the K-19, the victims of which were 30 crew members. Due to numerous accidents, the submarine enjoyed a bad reputation in the navy and received the nickname “Hiroshima” from sailors.

In Soviet times, the flooding of nuclear power plants along with spent fuel was considered a fairly safe way to dispose of nuclear reactors that had served their time. RIA Novosti was told about this by the commander of the Northern Fleet in 1999-2001, Admiral Vyacheslav Popov. According to him, the fact is that there were simply no technologies for the reprocessing of nuclear fuel in the USSR at that time. “Then there were no such technologies, so they flooded, because the ocean, the sea, it is also a fairly reliable system, if I may say so, to ensure the safety of storage,” Popov explained.

Earlier, Rosatom announced plans to lift from the bottom of the Arctic Ocean six of the most dangerous objects in terms of radioactive contamination, including the container of the nuclear reactor of the K-19 submarine.

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