The nuclear power plant, located in Chernobyl, near Pripyat, Ukraine, left behind one of the most toxic formations in the world after the explosion that took place many years ago.
The Chernobyl Disaster occurred on 26 April 1986 in Chernobyl, Ukraine. The reason for this disaster was the explosion of the core during the emergency shutdown of the reactor after the power failure experiment. This disaster, which was recorded as the biggest nuclear accident ever, had the highest score of 7 according to the International Nuclear Event Scale.
Even though 31 people died during the accident, the results are estimated to be much more severe in the long term due to the spread of radiation to a much larger area. The cost of the disaster is estimated at 18 billion rubles. According to the UNSCEAR report, 64 of 4000 people exposed to high doses of radiation from the accident until 2008 were confirmed to have died from radiation.
The damage caused by this accident not only remained within the timeframe when it occurred. One of the most famous items during the nuclear accident was The Elephant’s Foot. Today, the substance that is still likely to cause disaster is very dangerous for human health.
The reason for the name of The Elephant’s Foot, which is composed of radioactive wastes and heat-melting substances caused by the explosion in the fourth reactor of the nuclear power station, is because it looks like an elephant foot only.
Even being near this substance, whose name is strange and very dangerous, is very dangerous for human health. This waste, which creates a feeling of dizziness and fatigue when you are only half a minute, causes internal bleeding if you wait for 2 minutes. If you are exposed for 5 minutes or more, it will kill within a few days.
The biggest danger with Elephant’s Foot is that it damages the base of the reactor. There are water channels under the reactor and contact of this radioactive material with water may cause new and huge disasters. Even though the radiation emitted to the environment is being reduced by closing the reactor right now, it is quite possible that humanity will experience another huge nuclear disaster.