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damn dude, this is some crazy stuff. I'm from minsk myself. I moved here in 92. I remember i was little, my dad used to do these camping trip, kinda like our us boy scouts but a little different, those who know know what i'm talkin about LOL. anyways he'd have these maps that had marked spots of where it was radio active and you should go there! I still have some relatives who live in Ukraine, who lived in ukraine at the time, idk think they were really effected though. but yea its pretty touching video for those who know.... I showed it my rents....
 

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The whole incident was TOTALLY avoidable too. The engineers at Chernobyl disconnected all the safety systems on the reactor, in clear violation of safety standards, in order to complete the tests. Just after they disconnected the last safety system that would have shutdown the reactor before disaster struck, the reactor reached the point-of-no-return and exploded a few minutes later.
 

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Iggy said:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHFNi4UsTPA

post replys if it makes a diffrence on the 26th my mother was 13 km away from the rector . with out knowing what happend.
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.
 

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Do you really think that ours cares? How many cover ups and scape goats has there been in our own past. I lost count long ago and it continues unabated to this very day.
 

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I live less then 10 miles from the site of the first nuclear reactor meltdown.
you move to PA? :p
 

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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).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Susana_Field_Laboratory
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
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.
http://www.atomicarchive.com/Reports/Japan/Accidents.shtml
 

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ShowStop 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).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Susana_Field_Laboratory

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.
http://www.atomicarchive.com/Reports/Japan/Accidents.shtml
very interesting...didin't know that. I did know that most of our early nuke plants were pretty much the same technology as Chernobl though :eek:
didn't several of them get taken off-line right after that?
 

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Iggy said:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHFNi4UsTPA

post replys if it makes a diffrence on the 26th my mother was 13 km away from the rector . with out knowing what happend.
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. :eek: 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.
 
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