Wednesday, June 19, 2019

DYK: Facts about the Chernobyl nuclear accident

From: Debbie R.
Sent: June 13, 2019
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: Facts about the Chernobyl nuclear accident


#1. Did you know that Radiotrophic fungi were discovered in 1991 growing inside and around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in an environment in which the radiation level was 500x higher than in the normal environment. The fungi converts gamma radiation into chemical energy for growth.

#2. Did you know that part of the same first Chernobyl firefighter crew was sent to Kiev where the doctors dared using different method of bone marrow transplantation. While in Moscow 11 of 13 firefighters died within a week, in Kiev all 11 of 11 survived.

#3. Did you know that scientists used Sunflowers near Chernobyl after the 1986 nuclear accident, to extract radioactive cesium from contaminated ponds nearby. Then again in 2011 at Fukushima to extract radiation from the nearby communities.

#4. Did you know that a firefighter at Chernobyl, Vladimir Pravik, reportedly had his eye color change from brown to blue from the immense dose of radiation he received.

#5. Did you know that Vladimir Chevchenko was the documentary maker that captured footage in the days after the Chernobyl disaster. He died a year later due to the exposure to radiation. The camera he used to film with was also contaminated and is now stored in a lead lined cask outside Kiev.

#6. Did you know that the first firemen to respond to the Chernobyl meltdown stood above the burning core, which emitted radiation at 30,000 roentgen per hour. When they died a few weeks later, their bodies were so radioactive they were buried in coffins made of lead with the lids welded shut.

#7. Did you know that Chernobyl's New Safe Confinement or Chernobyl dome is the world’s largest moveable metal structure over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant's doomed 4th reactor; the gigantic arch soars 108 m (355 ft) taller than New York's Statue of Liberty and weighs 36,000 tons.

#8. Did you know that out of the 3 volunteers who went in 1986 on a suicide mission to open the valves of the cooling pool at the Chernobyl plant 2 are actually still alive.

#9. Did you know that the effects of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 were so widespread that sheep in Wales had to be put under control measures, which included measuring their radioactivity before sale. This control was finally lifted in 2012, 26 years after the disaster.

#10. Did you know that although the historically agreed upon reason for the Chernobyl Disaster was a set of steam explosions, there's some evidence that the first explosion may have been an uncontrolled nuclear explosion. This would shift the paradigm that "no nuclear reactor could ever have a nuclear explosion."

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