THE CHERNOBYL INCIDENT

written and presented by Charlie Kenyon

RBMK-1000 REACTOR

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Regularly scheduled test for an RBMK-1000 Nuclear shuts down, diesels kick in Spinning down turbine keeps water flowing If all goes according to plan, no interruption

PRELUDE

UNFORSEEN CONSEQUENCES
CAUSE
• 3. 4. 5. 6. Postponement Unqualified Folk Programming Failure Sudden drop in output Output rises slightly

EFFECT

2. Loss of Qualified Plant Employees

3. Unprogrammed Computer

4. Reactor drops to >5%

5. Control rods removed

• Experiment begins 4/23/1986 @ 1:23 AM

THE INCIDENT
low output = slow turbine slow turbine = no pumps no pumps = no coolant water no coolant water = runaway reaction power output increases tenfold steam explosion / graphite fire
Car Engine Analogy

RADIATION
Lethal Dose of Radiation: 500 roentgen over 5 hours Estimated Radiation at Chernobyl: 2,000 roentgen per hour Pripyat Evacuated Red Forest Ruined

300,000 resettled 30,000 km² contaminated Death Toll Estimates Wildly Vary
between 10,000 and 200,000 dead

Soviet Cover-Up

CHERNOBYL TODAY
Zone of Occlusion Red Forest 1 roentgen per hour Lack of Human Life

THE END?