In this video, I will tell you an incredible fact from our recent past that does not fit into the minds of Western mentality people. Examine the video to the end.
Chernobyl could have turned into an even more terrible disaster, were it not for the self-sacrifice of these heroes, about which most of us have never heard.
This year was the 32nd anniversary of the accident at the nuclear power plant that destroyed Chernobyl. On April 26, 1986, NPP staff conducted a system test, which resulted in two explosions and fire in one of the four nuclear reactors. The reactor began to melt, and the catastrophe that followed was the biggest accident in the history of nuclear energy, both for economic damage and for the number of victims.
The explosion triggered the release of radiation, which was 400 times greater than the effect of the atomic bomb that exploded over Hiroshima, and spread across the territories of Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Poland and the Baltic countries. Dozens of people died immediately, soon the victims began to be estimated at tens of thousands. In hundreds of thousands of other consequences affect the course of a lifetime. According to experts, the number of long-term victims of radiation poisoning continues to grow and 30 years after the disaster.
The Chernobyl accident was an indescribable disaster. But without the efforts and sacrifices of three people, it would turn into a truly unimaginable catastrophe.
Only five days after the explosion, on May 1, 1986, the Soviet authorities in Chernobyl made a terrible discovery: the active zone of the exploded reactor was still melting. The core contained 185 tons of nuclear fuel, and the nuclear reaction continued at an appalling rate.
Under these 185 tons of molten nuclear material was a reservoir with five million gallons of water. Water was used at the power plant as a coolant, and the only thing that separated the core of the melting reactor from water was a thick concrete slab. The melted active zone slowly burned this plate, descending to the water in the smoldering stream of molten radioactive metal.
If this is incandescent, the melting reactor core touched water, it would cause a massive, radiation-contaminated steam explosion. The result could be a radioactive contamination of most of Europe. According to the death toll, the first Chernobyl explosion would look like a minor accident.
For example, journalist Stephen McGinty wrote: "This would entail a nuclear explosion, which, according to the calculations of Soviet physicists, would cause evaporation of fuel in three other reactors, razed to the ground 200 square kilometers [77 square miles], destroyed Kiev , polluted the water supply system used by 30 million people, and for more than a century made northern Ukraine uninhabitable "(The Scotsman, March 16, 2011).
The school of Russian and Asian studies in 2009 led to an even bleaker assessment: if the melting core of the reactor reached the water, the ensuing explosion "would destroy half of Europe and make Europe, Ukraine and part of Russia uninhabited for about 500 thousand years."
Experts who worked on the spot saw that the melted core devoured that concrete slab, burned it - with every minute approaching the water.
Engineers immediately developed a plan to prevent possible explosions of the remaining reactors. It was decided that three people would go through the flooded chambers of the fourth reactor in the aqualungs. When they reach the coolant, they will find a pair of check valves and open them, so that the water will run out completely, until the active zone of the reactor has come into contact with it.
For millions of residents of the USSR and Europeans, who were waiting for imminent death, disease and other damage due to the impending explosion, this was an excellent plan.
What could not be said about the divers themselves. There was then no worse place on the planet than a tank of water under a slowly melting fourth reactor. Everybody understood perfectly that anyone who gets into this radioactive brew will be able to live enough to complete their work, but, perhaps, no more.
There were three people.
This seems incredible to us today, but three men voluntarily offered their help, knowing that this is likely to be the last thing they will do in their life. They were a senior engineer, an intermediate engineer and a shift supervisor. The task of the shift supervisor was to keep the underwater lamp, so that engineers could identify the valves that needed to be opened.