A team of researchers claims that they have discovered radiation levels in excess of 100,000 times normal next to a Soviet-era nuclear submarine which sank in the Arctic 30 years ago, according to a report by Norwegia’s TV2.
The joint Russian-Norwegian science team was conducting routine surveillance and monitoring of the wereck of K-278 Komsomolets, which rests at a depth of some 1,700 meters, when one of the seawater samples tested positive for elevated levels of radioactivity.
“The results are preliminary. We will examine the samples more thoroughly when we get home. The levels we have found here are 100 bq per litre,” Hilde Elise Heldal, a researcher of Norway’s Institute of Marine Research said.