Fallout Over Europe - Chernobyl Disaster

Four hundred times more radioactive material was released than had been by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Approximately 100,000 km2 of land was significantly contaminated with fallout, the worst hit regions being in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia.

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+16 1. captain_obvious commented 7 years ago

wow! didn't knew it was that bad
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+11 2. bella1 commented 7 years ago

Sadly it will happen again .
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+5 3. Burimi commented 7 years ago

#2 It still happening, but we are not aware :(
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+16 4. MazdaMadsen commented 7 years ago

I was born and lived on this island for 25 years:

https://maps.google.dk/maps?q=bornholm&ie=UTF-8&ei=RtZsUrbxMsuVhQeH1ICIDA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg

That explains my third eye 8-)
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+3 5. glot commented 7 years ago

What technique was used for getting that ?
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+4 6. aladin commented 7 years ago

What is the exact time period of this video?
I live in Lithuania, and when that happened I was 2 years old, after 1 year I began to have asthma. Parents told me that, at least it did not raind when the clouds came.
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+1 7. huldu commented 7 years ago

Pretty sure I recall it raining the few days after this event took place around the Stockholm area. I guess the cloud was coming for me but it failed since I seem fine. *cough*
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+5 8. schlafanzyk commented 7 years ago

#6 Looking at the speed of the cloud spread, I'm guessing a week or two. You can also see the cloud source die off 3/4 into the video. That should be when most of the fire was contained and radioactive dust was no longer emitted way up into the atmosphere at extremely high rates. But a little more information about the video would indeed be helpful.

Asthma is more likely a result of the insane pollution levels until the early 90s. Health effects of radiation and radioactive poisoning mostly show up in higher cancer rates, birth defects and other illnesses related to cell mutation.
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+5 9. LaoMa commented 7 years ago

Fortunately the USSR gave us heads up... Oh wait, no they didn't :(

After all these years, mushrooms are still radioactive in Finland because of the fallout. Some shrooms have radiation levels as high as 5000 Bq/kg, whereas the EU defined safety limit for Cesium-137 radiation in food is 600 Bq/kg. Boiling reduces the radiation dramatically and not all species and areas are as badly contaminated. In other words, one would have to eat ridiculous amounts of mushroom salads etc. to get any health issues. Still, a grim reminder of the scale of the incident.
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+1 10. kawett commented 7 years ago

Viva España !!
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+1 11. Jabafara commented 7 years ago

#6 & #8 Source says it's two weeks but isn't 100% sure about this
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+3 12. sux2bu commented 7 years ago

On a different nuclear accident,all the Bluefin tuna caught in the Pacific off California since the Fukushima melt-down have tested to have been contaminated with radioactive cesium.