China’s Type 091 and 092 nuclear submarines are shown in this file picture. Although these have been deployed on missions this year, the Chinese Navy is likely to use its more advanced diesel-driven subs in the event of a local conflict. Photo: SCMP PicturesChina’s Type 091 and 092 nuclear submarines are shown in this file picture. Although these have been deployed on missions this year, the Chinese Navy is likely to use its more advanced diesel-driven subs in the event of a local conflict. Photo: SCMP Pictures
China’s Type 091 and 092 nuclear submarines are shown in this file picture. Although these have been deployed on missions this year, the Chinese Navy is likely to use its more advanced diesel-driven subs in the event of a local conflict. Photo: SCMP Pictures

‘Underwater tornadoes’ found near China’s nuclear submarine base by Paracels that could sink U-boats in treacherous abyss

Phenomena known as deep eddies not visible from surface but seen as potential threat to military activity, oil and gas exploration in the waters south of Hainan Island

China’s Type 091 and 092 nuclear submarines are shown in this file picture. Although these have been deployed on missions this year, the Chinese Navy is likely to use its more advanced diesel-driven subs in the event of a local conflict. Photo: SCMP PicturesChina’s Type 091 and 092 nuclear submarines are shown in this file picture. Although these have been deployed on missions this year, the Chinese Navy is likely to use its more advanced diesel-driven subs in the event of a local conflict. Photo: SCMP Pictures
China’s Type 091 and 092 nuclear submarines are shown in this file picture. Although these have been deployed on missions this year, the Chinese Navy is likely to use its more advanced diesel-driven subs in the event of a local conflict. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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