the-chernobyl-disaster

Fun fact: The reason why most of the footage from the Chernobyl disaster looks so grainy and low quality is due to the radiation it was exposed to, as it was so strong it heavily degraded the footage captured by the cameras, to the point it even broke the cameras themselves. Igor Kostin, one of the first journalists to arrive to the site, tells that all of his cameras stopped working after just a few shots, and almost immediately he too began to feel the effects of radiation, in the form of dizziness and a metallic taste in his mouth. 

Igor Kostin (27 December 1936 – 9 June 2015) with one of his photos of the disaster

The Biorobots of Chernobyl

In the last pic you can clearly see the radiation, in the form of the white stripes at the bottom of the frame.

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The Elephant’s Foot of the Chernobyl disaster, 1986

A monster was born in the Chernobyl disaster - one of the most dangerous things in the world. 

The “Elephant’s Foot” is a solid mass made of melted nuclear fuel mixed with lots and lots of concrete, sand, and core sealing material that the fuel had melted through. It is located in a basement area under the original location of the core. In 1986 the radiation level on the Elephant’s Foot was measured at 10,000 roentgens per hour, and anyone who approached would have received a fatal dose in under a minute. After just 30 seconds of exposure, dizziness and fatigue will find you a week later. Two minutes of exposure and your cells will soon begin to hemorrhage; four minutes: vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. At 300 seconds you have two days to live.

When the above photo was taken, 10 years after the disaster, the Elephant’s Foot was only emitting one-tenth of the radiation it once had. Still, merely 500 seconds of exposure would prove fatal.

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This team took virtual reality to the Chernobyl site — and the result is haunting

On April 26, 1986, a nuclear power plant explosion near Pripyat, Ukraine killed more than 30 people in the accident. Radioactive dust and debris prompted the Ukraine government to evacuate around 135,000 people from the area. The 19-mile exclusion zone has remained uninhabited for the past three decades, but soon you will be able to explore inside the decaying disaster site yourself.

Svetlana Alexievich (b. 1948) is an investigative journalist and writer from Belarus. She is the recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature.

As a journalist, she was particularly interested in narratives based on witness testimonies, and documented events such as World War II, the fall of the Soviet Union or the Chernobyl disaster based on oral accounts. She has published numerous non-fiction works dealing with themes of war and persecution, and has received multiple literary awards in recognition of her skill.

Imagine being the child of HYDRA agents (During WW2). They volunteer you to be a nuclear test subject, turning you into a mutant. Many, many years later you join SHIELD to change your family name. You’re assigned to STARK Tower while Loki is repaying his debt to society. He discovers that you caused the Chernobyl disaster and he tells the others, getting you thrown in jail. When he discovers what truly happened he fights to free you, sacrificing his freedoms to free you.

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April 26th 1986: Chernobyl nuclear disaster

On this day in 1986, a reactor exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine, creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster. Radioactive smoke was let into the atmosphere which spread across the Soviet Union and Europe. Thirty-one members of staff and emergency workers died directly due to the accident, but many others died from diseases - often cancer - resulting from exposure to radiation. Hundreds of thousands of people eventually had to be evacuated and resettled due to contamination of areas of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The disaster raised questions of the safety of nuclear power and encouraged the Soviet government to become more open. Only two nuclear accidents have been classified as level seven on the International Nuclear Event Scale - Chernobyl and the Fukushima Daiichi disaster of 2011.

“For the first time ever, we have confronted in reality the sinister power of uncontrolled nuclear energy.”
- Mikhail Gorbachev

30 years ago today

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The bio-robots of Chernobyl, liquidators tasked with the manual clean-up of heavily contaminated debris from the rooftop of reactor 4, since the RC vehicles originally sent were destroyed by the heavy radiation.

This was needed so the containment building, know as the sarcophagus, could be build around it.

All of them absorbed the maximum radiation a human can handle in a lifetime, some even a 100 times that, many died years latter, and the survivors now live a cripples as the radiation simply destroyed them, let us remember their sacrifices, the unsung heroes of one of the worst disasters humanity has ever seen.