Chernobyl’s Hot Mess, “the Elephant’s Foot,” Is Still LethalBreaking News
tags: Chernobyl, nuclear waste
300 seconds will produce a relatively quick death, which is better than many alternatives.
After just 30 seconds of exposure, dizziness and fatigue will find you a week later. Two minutes of exposure and your cells will soon begin to hemorrhage; four minutes: vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. 300 seconds and you have two days to live.
the fall of 1986, the emergency crews fighting to contain the nuclear
disaster at Chernobyl made it into a steam corridor beneath failed
reactor Number 4. Inside this chamber they found black lava that had
oozed straight from the core. The most famous formation was a solid flow
that their radiation sensors firmly told them not to approach. With
cameras pushed in from around a corner, the workers dubbed the dimly lit
mass “the Elephant’s Foot.” According to readings taken at the time, the still hot portion of molten core put out enough radiation to give a lethal dose in 300 seconds.
The Elephant’s Foot could be the most dangerous piece of waste in the world....
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