National Geographic: Sunken Nuclear Subs — Radiation Risk?

Nuclear Submarine HMS Vanguard Returns to HMNB...

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Radioactive nuclear reactors are resting around the globe on the seafloor in derelict subs—some the results of accidents, some intentionally dumped. Whether they pose a threat to marine and human life now, or if they ever will, remains an open question—and one that may not be answered for another thousand years.

The remains of two U.S. and three Soviet nuclear subs, including reactors and in some cases nuclear-tipped torpedoes, all rest in deep water on the bottom of the Atlantic; any removal efforts would be extremely difficult and costly.

via National Geographic: Sunken Nuclear Subs — Radiation Risk?.

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