posted on Dec, 21 2007 @ 03:49 AM
Originally posted by SemperParatus
A while back I watched a documentary about the Chernobyl disaster and what all they went through trying to cap it off. At one point early in the
cleanup they said they flew over in helicoptors dropping a mixture of sand and boric acid to neutralize the radiation. At this point I'm not buying
into that but I do wonder where the logic comes from. Anybody know?
At Chernobyl they were trying to put anything they could get in the early days on top the pile or what was left of the pile. Anything to act as some
kind of shielding...anything. Most of the nuclear pile was regurgitated in the surrounding area. The storys I got in a class on nuclear principles was
that the reactor went from very low power ...to some 1500 percent in like four seconds..causing the explosion and regurgitation of the insides out.
There was so much radioactive and contaminated material spewed out by the overpressurization they tried despirately in the early days to put anything
they could over it and as quickly as they could over the site. This is also part of what is causing the unstabilazation of the sarcofigus built over
the site. The inside stuff is settling.
Those folks in the helicopters were getting huge doses flying over the top of the site. They were like... hovering on top of a very power x-ray
machine. There were people on the ground going in and moving or shoving this radioactive material to the side and getting more than lifetime doses in
one trip in and out.
I believe most of or all the helicopter pilots died quickly from huge doses.
Not something wont to make big news...but so many of them made repeated trips to dump sand and other materials over the regurgitated site.
Well you get the picture. No one had ever had such a huge and tragic nuclear accident and they obviously had no equipment in place nor materials pre
staged either to cope with this. Also obviously no one had written a proceedure to handle such a catastrophy.
It is a very intresting video documentary account of what happened in the control room before the pile exploded in this graphite type reactor.