Reindeer in Norway are still radioactive despite of Chernobyl occurring 30 years ago
The devastating impact of Chernobyl still lingers on in memory as one of the world’s worst man-made disasters till date. The horrible explosion of the 4th reactor on April 26th 1986 cast a toxic cloud over western Russia and Europe killing 4000 people from radiation. The areas still remains desolate and a silent testimony to the havoc that can be caused by man.
But!! It wasn’t just man that suffered the deadly effects of radiation; animals too were equally affected where till date reindeer in Norway suffer radiation after effects from the Chernobyl disaster.
1 What caused the reactor to explode?
Similar to a giant steam engine, a nuclear reactor produces huge amounts of heat that converts water to steam. This is caused by the chemical reaction of Uranium Rods reacting with each other. The resulting steam powers generators that produce electricity. Overheating is prevented by control rods lowered into the Uranium chambers. Unfortunately the Chernobyl disaster was caused during a safety drill when technicians removed all safety rods thus creating overheating. The ensuing explosion spewed the fatal radioactive gas into the surrounding atmosphere.
On that fateful day, 8 tons of radioactive gas was spewed into Chernobyl. Although 115,000 people were evacuated, it had already taken hold killing several. The fires caused by the explosion took 15 days to extinguish.