accident Archive

  • Description of the Destruction of the Nuclear Power Unit

    Description of the Destruction of the Nuclear Power Unit

    After the explosion that occurred on the night of April 26, 1986 at the fourth unit of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP), the reactor unit, ventilation stack, machine hall and other buildings were destroyed. Major damage to buildings was identified by external inspections and through penetration of accessible areas (determined by the level of [...]

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  • Radiation Safety Terms and Definition

    Radiation Safety Terms and Definition

    Observation zone - Zone potentially affected by radioactive releases or discharges from a radiation-generating/nuclear facility and subject to monitoring of processes to ensure radiation safety of the radiation-generating or nuclear facility. Radioactive isotopes – Radioactive isotopes with identical numbers of protons in the nucleus, e.g., the following radioactive isotopes of iodine: Iodine-125, -127, -129, -131, -132, -133, etc.

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  • Red Forest in Chernobyl Zone

    Red Forest in Chernobyl Zone

    As a result of the Chernobyl accident, tens of thousands of hectares of forests have experienced massive radioactive contamination, located in the immediate vicinity of the Chernobyl NPP and stretching approximately two kilometers west of the station. These were mainly single-crop plantings of Scotch pine (Pinus silvestris). Signs of radioactive mutation of conifers are already [...]

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  • Chernobyl-2. Strugatsky’s Prophetic Fantasy.

    Chernobyl-2. Strugatsky’s Prophetic Fantasy.

    The modern landscape adjacent to the Chernobyl-2 territories is strikingly similar to descriptions in "The Inhabited Island." The same abandoned and overgrown young trees, vegetation and road communications. Plots of old pine forest are littered with fallen branches and dead trees. Among the forest were found the remains of abandoned equipment.

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