Мore than 600,000 people eliminated the consequences of the Chernobyl accident. Those who arrived on the scene in the first months after the accident got the most difficult and dangerous job. How was it 28 years ago?
In mid-August 1986 the reactor was “pacified” (fading and cool), the threat of “nuclear explosion” was excluded, the threat of thermal explosions was minimal.
Сoncrete pump machines (a very rare unit for the USSR) and Concrete truck are clearly visible on the photo.
The white house had lead walls and roof. This weakens the level of radiation. They were paid five times salary and should got “Lada” without queue. But it is unknown which of them managed to get ”Lada”…
Here is the paradox of the Soviet times – “Lada” is the cost of life.
liquidators in black overalls and white caps down the stairs from being built sarcophagus. Very much of a chance that they are no longer alive.
Bags of lead shot (on top of the boom of concrete pump seen their rags) were widely used in early May. Fraction was collected nationwide in hunting societies and dumped from helicopters directly to the collapse. The goal was to shut emissions.
There are two view points on the construction of the sarcophagus.
On the first, the collapse left about 194 tons of fuel , so the sarcophagus was needed.
The second is that before its construction the fuel has already burned, that’s why such protection was not necessary. If the second view is correct, the whole strategy of elimination was erroneous, as today’s decision of the construction of another sarcophagus over the old one.
There were a lot of mushrooms in the near forest in summer of 1986.
The liquidators had two doctors on 50 persons. In the zone the blood was collected twice a month, they were given iodine, multivitamin. Kitchen water carried from the clean area in jars.
The protection was: respirators RM-2, change of linen (shirt and pants) every day, wash (decontamination) every day.