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12/20/2006 04:09 AM ID: 59068 Permalink   

Norway Working to Contain Wreck Containing 65 Tonnes of Mercury

 

Norwegian authorities are likely to entomb the wreck of U-864, a German World War II submarine which was blown in half by HMS Venturer while carrying aircraft parts and 65 tonnes of mercury.

Locals want the wreck, which has been 1.5km off the coast of Fedje since 1945, removed entirely as dangerous levels of mercury have been detected nearby. Fishing, boating, and the eating of any seafood from the surrounding area are banned.

Officials say it is too dangerous to remove the wreck due to deteriorating mercury canisters and live torpedoes still being present at the site. Entombment is also considered appropriate because the site is also a war grave containing 72 Germans.

 
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I say because that's a heck of a lot of mercury!
 
  by: sleeky     12/20/2006 08:41 AM     
  Imagine  
 
How many thermometers that would make. About a jillion I bet.
 
  by: John E Angel     12/20/2006 07:42 PM     
  the German govenrnment  
 
should pay to clean that up after all it is their vessel that has caused the problem
 
  by: jocksteeluk   12/20/2006 09:53 PM     
  Yikes!  
 
I don't think Germany should have to pay for it, if we're going to go off that logic, the American goernment should have to pay for it for sinking it! It's like putting a person's son on trial for the crime the father committed!
 
  by: Bob Shinoski   12/21/2006 05:40 AM     
  Hey, don't blame us.  
 
The Brits did it.
 
  by: walter3ca   12/22/2006 09:58 PM     
  Ooops!  
 
Did we sink one of your boats?

BATTLESHIP!
 
  by: AccessG     12/23/2006 08:16 PM     
  ..  
 
What's a battleship? lol

We got paddleboats..
 
  by: Mr-Anderson   12/24/2006 02:45 AM     
 
 
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