Meeting Norwegian Seismologists at Kjeller
The startling speculation about the Russian submarines sinking told by Dr. Mangum and Dr. Engdahl to Roger
Jens drove Roger and Teresa to Kjeller. After arriving at the gate of Norwegian National Data Center, Jens had to sign his name and time on the paper the guard gave him; after which, he drove the duo t the main office building. After entering the building, the receptionist asked them to wait in a room furnished in distinctive Scandinavian furniture, and told them seismologists Dr. Mangum and Dr. Engdahl, with whom they had an appointment, would be there shortly.
Soon, Dr. Mangum and Dr. Engdahl arrived, and after exchanging pleasantries and allowing Roger and Teresa to call them by their first names (Hans and Frode), Roger introduced his graduate assistant to them. Upon being asked by Hans, Roger told him about his investigation of the Tabas earthquake, and said they took the detour to Norway on their way back to the US as they had some business with Oslo’s US embassy.
Frode said their array had recorded some impressive seismograms of the Tabas earthquake, both short and long-period. Roger asked him about the Kursk, which he had mentioned in his interview with CNN. Frode told of the day the Russian submarine, the Kursk, sank in the Barents Sea, some NORSAR stations in the Norway’s northern part recorded two strange seismic disturbances, which started off from a region off the Kola Peninsula Coast, part of Northern Russia. He showed the seismogram reports to Roger that displayed the first event to be relatively weak with a 1.5 Richter scale reading, while the second event that followed two minutes and fifteen seconds later was a lot more powerful and measured 3.5 on the Richter scale.
Hans told Roger about the speculation of the submarine performing sea trials of its torpedo systems and that a failed launch triggered the catastrophic event. The seismologists said their computer location program’s accuracy helped them to place the event’s origin within five kilometers of the actual site, which gave some credence to the explosion of the stuck torpedo at first, which was followed by the explosion of all remaining torpedoes concurrently about two minutes later, sinking the submarine.
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