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Chernobyl: Facts and Myths

Vilhelm Konnander writes about the facts and myths of Chernobyl: “The first news of the accident actually reached a western audience. High radioactive levels were registered at Swedish and Finnish nuclear plants already on 26 april. It quickly became apparent that the radioactivity emanated from somewhere within the Soviet Union. Western media immediately picked up the story and in the following days the Soviet government came under great pressure to reveal what had happened. The first news to a soviet audience came by way of a short TASS-telegramme on 1 May, declaring that there had been an accident with the Chernobyl reactor. One may assume that the date was chosen to drown the message in the 1 May celebrations. It was not until 14 May that Gorbachev informed the public by way of a television statement [...]“

  • Don D

    I would like to know the rate that the burning fuel is burning down towards the core of the earth. I was told it was 8 feet per day. I would like to confirm this.
    There is water under the earth. How long before this burning fuel hits the water table? At the point that the burning fuel hits the water the water evaporates into steam. Steam has to find a way out, right? It now becomes radioactive and it has to find a way out. What happenes to the earth’s atmosphere then?

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