By Titian de Colle
It was 1:23 a.m. on the night of April 26, 1986, when the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was rocked by an explosion. The site is located 18 kilometers from the city of Chernobyl, and 3 kilometers from Pripyat, in the northern part of Ukraine that is still part of the Soviet Union. It is the worst accident ever to occur at a nuclear power plant, although the death toll remains uncertain and widely debated, as numbers often differ greatly from one another.
37 years ago, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred in Ukraine which also had effects on our Dolomite region due to radionuclide fallout due to the rains that also affected our region between April 26th and around May 10th. Just to recall as a warning what was probably the first major disruptive effect, publicly announced, of atomic energy in our region. We have selected the “general version”, because little or nothing is known about radionuclide fallout in our region due to To the atomic experiments in Europe between the end of the fifties and sixties of the last century and those in the Algerian desert between 1961 and 1974. The radioactive sands coming from these French experiments fell with precipitation in a large part of Europe carried by the southern winds. Below we present some images, available on the net, with a simulation of the spread of the radioactive Chernobyl cloud, a map with the spread of radioactive contamination and a map of the National Inspectorate for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection showing the trend of Cs-137 concentrations in ground deposition from 1960 to the present.
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