one of the baritones in the opera chorus with me lived in Kiev (downwind) when it blew. He just happeded to be listening to the BBC and not the local propaganda. He packed up his family that day and wound up in America; they left everything but what they could fit in a few suitcases. He's told some pretty wild stories about that stuff over the years....scary.Iggy said:
I did a quick timeline check and found that there were three other partial meltdowns prior to this one. As far as I can tell, this was the first to occur in the US.The most famous incident occurred on July 26, 1959. On that summer day, the Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE) suffered a power excursion when power production from the reactor rose out of control. With significant effort, the reactor was shut down. However, a few hours later it was restarted without the cause of the incident having been determined. The reactor continued to operate for several more weeks with high radiation readings and other signs of problems until it was shut down at the end of the month.
After a full shut down was completed, the reactor operators discovered that a significant fraction of the fuel had suffered melting. Tetralin, a coolant used for the pump seals, had leaked into the sodium coolant of the reactor. Carbonaceous material formed, blocking the coolant channels and preventing the sodium coolant from reaching the reactor core, which in turn caused the fuel to overheat and melt.
Approximately one-third of the fuel experienced melting.
In October of 2006, the Santa Susana Field Laboratory Advisory Panel, made up of independent scientists and researchers from around the United States concluded that contamination at the facility resulted in 300-1,800 cancer deaths. The report also concluded that the SRE meltdown caused the release of more than 458 times the radiation released at Three Mile Island. Their findings can be found at ssflpanel.org
very interesting...didin't know that. I did know that most of our early nuke plants were pretty much the same technology as Chernobl thoughShowStop said:No, I said the first meltdown. Most people only know about 3 Mile Island, but very few know about the Rocketdyne facility in Simi Valley (Santa Susana).
I did a quick timeline check and found that there were three other partial meltdowns prior to this one. As far as I can tell, this was the first to occur in the US.
Scary stuff. Did you ever hear about the Mayak plant at Chelyabinsk 40 (Ozyorsk)? That disaster happened back in the 50's, but when I lived near there a few years ago, some of the after effects were still visible and quite scary. Even scarier was a lot of people there joke about how radioactive the region still is, but no one can do anything about it, and I don't think they know how bad it really is.Iggy said: