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December 10, 2013

Chernobyl’s Hot Mess,


“the Elephant’s Foot,” Is Still Lethal. By the fall of 1986, the emergency crews fighting to contain the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl
made it into a steam corridor beneath failed reactor Number 4. Inside this chamber they found black lava that had oozed straight from the core. The most famous formation was a solid flow that their radiation sensors firmly told them not to approach. With cameras pushed in from around a corner, the workers dubbed the dimly lit mass “the Elephant’s Foot.” According to readings taken at the time, the still hot portion of molten core put out enough radiation to give a lethal dose in 300 seconds.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 10, 2013 5:50 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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This is a nice companion piece to this posting: http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter1.html

Posted by: MarkH at December 10, 2013 7:33 PM

Yay Soviet technology! We should use scientific Marxism-Leninism for everything!

Chernobyl = Soviet technology
Detroit = Soviet governance, and sociology, and....

Posted by: Mikey NTH at December 10, 2013 9:23 PM

When Lefties screw the pooch, the beast gets the clap. I don't think OOPS covers this mess.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at December 11, 2013 1:49 AM

There were a lot of workers that lost their lives trying to contain it. I wonder how many knew they were in danger and were sacrificing themselves for the safety of others.

Posted by: Potsie at December 11, 2013 4:56 AM

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