December 31, 2011
Russian submarine Kursk explosion
On 12 August 2000, the Russian Oscar II class submarine Kursk sank in the Barents Sea after an explosion. The investigation showed that a leak of hydrogen peroxide in a torpedo led to explosion of its fuel, causing the submarine to hit the bottom  which in turn triggered the detonation of further torpedo warheads about  two minutes later. This second explosion was equivalent to about 2-3  tonnes of TNT,[1] large enough to register on seismographs across Northern Europe.[2][3]
Despite a rescue attempt by British and Norwegian teams, which was  severely delayed due to the Russians refusing them access, all 118  sailors and officers aboard Kursk died. The next year, a Dutch team recovered the wreckage and all of the bodies, which were buried in Russia…
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Russian submarine Kursk explosion

On 12 August 2000, the Russian Oscar II class submarine Kursk sank in the Barents Sea after an explosion. The investigation showed that a leak of hydrogen peroxide in a torpedo led to explosion of its fuel, causing the submarine to hit the bottom which in turn triggered the detonation of further torpedo warheads about two minutes later. This second explosion was equivalent to about 2-3 tonnes of TNT,[1] large enough to register on seismographs across Northern Europe.[2][3]

Despite a rescue attempt by British and Norwegian teams, which was severely delayed due to the Russians refusing them access, all 118 sailors and officers aboard Kursk died. The next year, a Dutch team recovered the wreckage and all of the bodies, which were buried in Russia…

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