Highly radioactive graphite crane claw

The claw was used to pour graphite into the burning reactor of Chernobyl/Pripyat.

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+54 1. xter commented 7 years ago

And why the hell is she still walking around that crane???
I would give a shit and get out of there :D
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+14 2. smremde commented 7 years ago

Good question #1
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+10 3. agentreeko commented 7 years ago

without protective suit? where is she now?
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+85 4. desertstorm commented 7 years ago

#1 Because short-term exposure even to large quantities of radiation is pretty much safe. Moreover, if I've heard her right, she's talking about 500 μSv per hour, or 0.0005 Sv per hour, which is a laughable dose. You'd have to stay there for 4000 thousand (!!!) hours or literally eat this metal (radiation does much more damage from inside) for it to start getting dangerous. Hell, even a brain CT scan would give you more: 0.8–5 mSv or 0.0008 - 0.005 Sv.
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+51 5. aziwa commented 7 years ago

#4 thanks for the explanation... so then pointless video lol
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+11 6. freakylio commented 7 years ago

I agree with #4, It's not much of a high dose rate. Anyway, if we consider that this is 30 years old... One day, it was really highly activated !

How come also that nobody thought about treating prostate cancer by sitting on this claw ? Some people would probably pay for that :-)
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+10 7. desertstorm commented 7 years ago

#5 It's still interesting as 500 μSv per hour is way, way above average. My point just was that it will not make you instantly drop dead and glowing. :x
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+4 8. irishgek commented 7 years ago

Basically you can get the same reading if you break open the sensor in some smoke alarms that contain


Scream baby scream....

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+6 9. desertstorm commented 7 years ago

#8 That is correct, yet it is not the alpha particles that one should worry about when dealing with radioactive stuff (unless you swallow that stuff as I've said before). Beta and gamma particles are the killers, and you can't get much of those from Americium-241, whereas there's lots of stuff still emitting them in Chernobyl even 26 years later.
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+3 10. JesperA86 commented 7 years ago

Oh, i found it ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=qimiqMgx-iU#t=301s

(sorry for spam, couldnt edit the comment above)
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+1 11. Finski commented 7 years ago

Going there next year. Always wanted to see that place with my own eyes.
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+4 12. desertstorm commented 7 years ago

#11 They rarely show occasional tourists those really interesting places (unless you are a moneybag or something :) ). Just standard stuff like the ghost town of Pripyat, the Sarcophagus, the cooling reservoir, maybe a few villages on the way. Besides, there's not much to see anymore, as wild vegetation has covered virtually everything over the years...
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-2 13. beel commented 7 years ago

crash some bikes into it
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+2 14. ErGo_404 commented 7 years ago

Where are the anomalies ?
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+4 15. Siruss commented 7 years ago

Gotta go play S.T.A.L.K.E.R. now...
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+2 16. Namron7 commented 7 years ago

Hope the guys in the group had their zips on their trousers fastened up, otherwise Chernobyl fall out >:)
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+1 17. deadhorse commented 7 years ago

1:55 Sounds like someone's gotta case of the radioactivity.
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+3 18. SiguRos commented 7 years ago

#4 The average individual background dose is around 0.30 microsievert per hour. She's reading 500 microsievert per hour. That would make this 1,666 times that. Surely not laughable, but she is in no immediate danger as long as she doesn't stay there too long. I wouldn't sit there for 1 hour let alone 4,000.
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+2 19. desertstorm commented 7 years ago

#18 You are missing my point. :) I'm not saying radiation is a joke, because it is not. But really, 500 μSv per hour is a laughable level. Just don't stay there for more than it is needed and don't touch it to avoid contaminating your clothes or skin with dust or paint from it (like the guy in the video from comment 10 did) and you'll be fine. Just see on Wiki how much you get from a CT scan or the recommended annual exposure limits and you'll see what I mean. :)
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+2 20. rashaba commented 7 years ago

200μSv = 20mrem. I wouldn't want that thing in my backyard but 20mrem isn't something to freak out about. In most western countries this piece of scrap metal would be treated as intermediate-level waste‎. There are certainly other pieces of waste lying around the reactor block with much higher levels of radiation.
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+3 21. sux2bu commented 7 years ago

#19 It looks like your avatar got too big of a dose. :D
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+2 22. desertstorm commented 7 years ago

#21 What do you want, man, I live in Kyiv, Ukraine, which is about 90 km from the Chernobyl NPP. :D
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-2 23. ridebmxx3 commented 7 years ago

what about japan ??? I'm in california should i be worried???
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+1 24. jojowhizz commented 7 years ago

bet your mobile phone gets a cracking signal tho . most visitors go there to download crazy birds 8-)