“Cooking in the Danger Zone” (Chernobyl episode, filmed by the BBC, before Fukushima in 2007) www.youtube.com...
Get ten minutes 5 seconds into this video, and it shows you how wildlife (even animals like boer) are thriving. The presenter then gets taunted by
others eating their radioactive lunch, and by 12.10 minutes he mentions how 300 people have permanently moved back into the exclusion zone.
By the 13 minute mark, he’s meeting a couple in their 80’s who have only spent 1 year
away from the exclusion zone. He asks her:
“Why do you want to live here again, despite the fact the land is contaminated with radiation”
She Answers: “It was even worse where they moved us to! Black earth. Your feet got stuck in it! We live better here than they do there. Half of them
are dead, but we are still alive”.
He then (completely against BBC orders) enjoys a radioactive meal with her (him together with all the radiation experts, and Ukrainian guides with
By 14.17 seconds he asks "is it crazy" and she says “If it were contaminated we would have died long ago. But we’ve been eating it 20 years
It then transpires that the worst thing to have happened in her life, was actually being forcefully evacuated (had to abandon her beloved cow,
By 22.39: He asks his (next lot of) hosts “does radioactivity worry you”
. It soon transpires not only doesn’t it worry them, but they
also support Nuclear Power generally “Since man discovered fire, he uses it to keep warm, to cook food. That same fire burns down houses, and
kills thousands of people. It’s the same as fire. It all depends on how you use it”
(replies one old man).
He then goes mushroom picking with the Mayor (out of all foods, mushrooms accumulate the most radiation!) it turns out, even in this town outside the
official exclusion zone they are 8 times beyond safe limits. However the Mayor happily eats them (presumably goes mushroom picking, every week).
Stefan Gates then has his stomach tested for radiation. Turns out (although detectable by machine) he’s still well within the safe limits.
Some Facts to Consider…
All radioactivity depends on Half-Life (the time taken for something radioactive to lose half its radioactivity). The shorter the half-life the higher
the radiation output, the longer the half-life, the more enduring the output.
So it’s truly amazing any old couple, in their 80’s (who’ve been there 20 years
) are doing so well because (20 years ago) most of the
radioactive isotopes still active today, would back then, have been in concentrations tens of thousands, of times higher. A good example being Iodine
131, with its half-life of just 8.02 days
On the other hand:
The concentrations of e.g. radioactive caesium will not have changed much at all (half-life 30.17) but then (although today
it causes most of the remaining radiation) 20 years ago the radiation would have been so bad, that other things long since diminished, would have
caused nearly it all.
This old couple are not only alive, but of the opinion they have fared much better than those who stayed evacuated.
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