Record: The Definitive History of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Chernobyl Record: The Definitive History of the Chernobyl Catastrophe


The nuclear accident at Chernobyl on April 26, 1986 had a heavy impact on life, health, and the environment. It caused agony to people in the Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia and anxiety far away from these countries. The economic losses and social dislocation were severe in a region already under strain. It is now possible to make more accurate assessments of these effects than it was in the first few years following the catastrophe. An internationally known author, speaker, and medical physicis…

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Radioactive core of reactor #4 in Chernobyl leaking. Everybody in the core died soon after.(r/MorbidReality)

This photo could not possibly be more severely mislabeled. This photo is from an expedition into the reactor long, long after the accident. What you see is once-molten (now solidified) corium (

This particular photo is NOT taken in or near the core, but rather in the basement of the reactor. The core of an RBMK is a cylindrical arrangement of graphite blocks with channels drilled through them for water (coolant) and uranium fuel. On top of and below the core are massive (nearly 2000 tons) concrete shields and during the accident, the lower one was displaced about a meter, allowing aforementioned corium to flow from inside the reactor into the lower levels of the reactor building.

Edit: If you want to see what the core really looked like immediately after the accident, here are some shots taken from helicopter the morning of the accident.……

Edit 2: Copying this from another comment to which I replied so more people see them.

Unit 4 control room:…

Upper biological shield with deranged coolant channels, tipped up 5 degrees from vertical. Think of the power of the explosion that caused this:…

Looking down into Unit 4’s reactor hall:…

More corium:……

Cleaning graphite from the core off the roof:

Edit 3: Another quick edit, since people really seem to be interested in this topic. The best print resource on this accident is, in my opinion, R.F. Mould’s “Chernobyl Record” (amazon page:…) but it’s relatively heavy on the science and engineering at times. I highly recommend it if the technical nature of it isn’t daunting to you. It’s also available on the Google Play book store, I believe.

Edit 4: Wow! To whoever gave me a month of Gold, you have my thanks. In return, here’s some more of what I can dig up with some annotations.

Here’s another of the UBS (Upper Biological Shield):…

Graphite brick ejected from the core:…

Despite the History Channel watermark, this film is ancient and it’s been shown in many documentaries. The orange mass you’re seeing is graphite burning. Most or all of the metallic fuel had, by this time, flowed under the reactor. the ~1700 tons of graphite in the core took about ten days to burn itself out:…

Elephant’s Foot won’t kill you instantaneously; here’s a guy snapping a pic of it up close and personal:…

Reactor hall of Unit 4. You can see firefighting hoses draped down into the room in a hasty, and ultimately futile attempt to quench the blaze. The very top of the UBS is just barely visible in the bottom of the frame:…

And finally, since I’m something of a perfectionist, here’s a MUCH better version of one of the pictures I posted earlier. Reactor hall and roof after accident:…

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Radioactive core of reactor #4 in Chernobyl leaking. Everybody in the core died soon after.

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