The day of the Kursk submarine disaster – level 2


On August 12, 2000, the Russian submarine Kursk was in the Barents Sea. There were 118 men on board.

During an army exercise, a training torpedo exploded inside the submarine. The submarine started sinking. When it reached the seafloor two minutes later, there was another, much stronger explosion. Five other torpedoes exploded.

Many sailors died in the second explosion, but 23 men survived in one section of the submarine. Unfortunately, a fire started in this section and it took the last oxygen from this area. All 118 men on board the submarine died.

Difficult words: submarine (a ship which can stay underwater), sink (to go lower), unfortunately (without luck).

What investigations were conducted by Russia to determine the cause of the second explosion aboard the Kursk Submarine?


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