...Basically, anyone who was alive in Europe at the time was exposed to radioactive fallout! (albeit a small dose)
Well, around 14% of background radiation is man-made, and a portion of that is directly from Chernobyl (with other inputs being nuclear warhead tests and the like), so (albeit to a tiny extent) we're still exposed to it now.
Want to know the thing that seriously
scares me about Chernobyl? It was reactor 4 that exploded in 1986 (this being after a partial core meltdown in reactor 1 in 1982, which wasn't made public at the time. Yup, the infamous incident was not the first accident at Chernobyl...). I always assumed that the whole plant was shut down at this point - I would never, ever have assumed that they'd have continued power production after such a cataclysmic disaster.In fact
, reactor 1 was operational until 1996, and reactor 3 until 2000 :|.
Lots of interesting information on the plant
and the disaster itself
on Wikipedia (facts surrounding the disaster are harrowing, especially regarding those that tried their best to control it, many of whom didn't wear protective clothing and died within weeks).
I'd also recommend (if you can find it) watching a Horizon from 1996, entitled 'Inside Chernobyl's Sarcophagus'. Again, though, harrowing stuff.
Take yourself to Kelvedon Hatch in Essex.
I've always meant to take a visit there - think I'll have to have a look at that next week...
Anyways, back on topic, can't really say much more about this ride than what's already been said. Truly stunning, Diogo - you should seriously think about sending that to people like the legendary Wardley :yes:. Seems the system is finally