Wreckage of the Russian submarine K-141 Kursk

Wreckage of the Russian submarine K-141 Kursk


Polyarnyy, Russian Federation (RU)
(historical imagery in Google Earth)

On 12 August 2000, the Russian Oscar II class submarine Kursk sank in the Barents Sea. The generally accepted theory is that a leak of hydrogen peroxide in the forward torpedo room led to the detonation of a torpedo warhead, which in turn triggered the explosion of up to seven other warheads about two minutes later. This second explosion was equivalent to about 2-3 tonnes of TNT and was large enough to register on seismographs across Northern Europe. However, alternative theories have been proposed.

Despite a rescue attempt by British and Norwegian teams, all 118 sailors and officers aboard Kursk died. A Dutch team later recovered the wreckage and all of the bodies, which were buried in Russia.
(historical imagery in Google Earth)

On 12 August 2000, the Russian Oscar II class submarine Kursk sank in the Barents Sea. The generally accepted theory is that a leak of hydrogen peroxide in the forward torpedo room led to the detonation of a torpedo warhead, which in turn triggered the explosion of up to seven other warheads about two minutes later. This second explosion was equivalent to about 2-3 tonnes of TNT and was large enough to register on seismographs across Northern Europe. However, alternative theories have been proposed.

Despite a rescue attempt by British and Norwegian teams, all 118 sailors and officers aboard Kursk died. A Dutch team later recovered the wreckage and all of the bodies, which were buried in Russia.
View in Google Earth Sea - Military - Submarines
Links: en.wikipedia.org
By: kjfitz

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@ 2010-05-11 02:49:44
According to the new image published in GE in the dry docks now there is an Alfa sub (lenght about 80 m).

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