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#36691 - 04/12/04 04:10 PM Interesting website.....
Sandro Offline

Registered: 12/30/01
Posts: 449
Loc: Stoney Creek, ON, Canada

Check out this site - an absolutely chilling and captivating look at Cherynobyl reactor meltdown. Something I guess we all took for granted at the time - fascinating, devastating, unspeakably sad, but true - the content is so gripping. The site can be down at times but keep trying it's well worth the wait

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#36692 - 04/12/04 05:19 PM Re: Interesting website.....
Roger Offline

Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1779
Loc: N.C.
Sandro, thanks for sharing that. Your discription of the site was very accurate.


#36693 - 04/12/04 07:45 PM Re: Interesting website.....
Attic Rat Offline

Registered: 12/14/03
Posts: 530
Loc: Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
...Sadly, incredible... May God help those who survived, and those that didn't...Very Sad...
.."if it ain't fixed,don't break a Licensed Electrician"

#36694 - 04/12/04 08:43 PM Re: Interesting website.....
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Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 1226
Loc: kamloops BC Canada
Thanks Sandro, I maybe would never had known what this disater had done.I never realised how large some of the cities were.I must read the link that djk gave me about the children of Cherynobyl.

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#36695 - 04/12/04 09:16 PM Re: Interesting website.....
Active 1 Offline

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 684
Loc: Grayslake IL, USA
My wife was in Eastern Europe when it happened. I forgot how far away she said she was. Maybe 100-200 miles. I'll ask her Tuesday. She said the goverment never said anything. About a week later word spread what happened from the British or US news.


#36696 - 04/12/04 09:41 PM Re: Interesting website.....
chi spark Offline

Registered: 01/06/04
Posts: 102
Loc: Chicago IL USA
wow- very unnerving. Makes me wonder how much we know about US nuclear power safety.

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#36697 - 04/12/04 10:22 PM Re: Interesting website.....
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Registered: 11/29/02
Posts: 769
Loc: Oradell NJ USA
I wonder how it is that the Cherynobyl area will be uninhabitable for hundreds of years, but those Japanese cities we nuke bombed back in WW2 have been rebuilt and are lived in today.

As for US nuke power, supposidly our plants are of better designs and have better containment. That Three Mile Island plant was ruined but little radiation got out.

#36698 - 04/13/04 06:32 AM Re: Interesting website.....
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Registered: 10/18/03
Posts: 272
Loc: Germany
i'm not so familiar with nuclear physics, but is it true that inside of the concrete block, it's still melting hot?

#36699 - 04/13/04 08:26 AM Re: Interesting website.....
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Registered: 09/15/01
Posts: 816
Loc: Bergen County, NJ
I wonder how it is that the Cherynobyl area will be uninhabitable for hundreds of years, but those Japanese cities we nuke bombed back in WW2 have been rebuilt and are lived in today.

Primarily, the vastly different amounts of radioactive material released.

Hiroshima was one bomb, with a few kg of plutonium, some percentage of which was converted into energy. The bomb was detonated at some distance above ground level, allowing much of the fallout to be dispersed by the winds.

Chernobyl involved the release of hundreds if not thousands of kg of radioactive material at ground level. Much of the radioactive material fell in the surrounding area, contaminating the ground, the water table, and the crops growing near the site.

#36700 - 04/13/04 10:48 AM Re: Interesting website.....
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Registered: 09/17/02
Posts: 1508
Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
The Chernobyl reactor was essentially blown up by extreme mishandling. Instead of water it used graphite, i.e. coal, as moderator. Even a child can tell you that coal burns. It is no wonder the radioactive material spread like it did. It is not possible to cause the same level of damage in a western reactor or modern Russian reactor, although you can still have a meltdown.

Unfortunately, some really scary reactors remain in use. The Leningrad 1 and 2 reactors are even older and unsafer than those of Chernobyl and situated next to St. Petersburg.

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