Fire Aboard Russian Nuclear Submarine

Officials say no radiation leaked

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A Russian submarine powered by two nuclear reactors caught fire early Monday, The New York Times reports.

Fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze and Russian authorities say no radiation has leaked from the vessel. The submarine, named the Tomsk, had been undergoing repairs in a shipyard near Vladiastok, in Russia’s far east.

The fire evokes memories of the sinking of the Kursk, another Russian submarine, in 2000, and highlights the difficulties the country faces as it moves to spend a chunk of its substantial oil wealth—projected at $166 billion over the next eight years—modernizing its aging military hardware.

[The New York Times]