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hobosbindle

>3.6 roentgen for sure


Bitter_Mongoose

**THEN WHY DID THE COMRADE DIRECTOR SEE GRAPHITE ON THE ROOF?**


Azorius97

There's no granite on the roof!!


dzbanek-chan

graphite\*


angelo173

Hmm not good but not bad…


mistaharsh

Doesn't look that bad at all I'm sure they pulled through...


angelo173

Heard there were only 31 confirmed deaths. I see no danger at all


mistaharsh

Only 31? nothing to see here move it right along....


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Bright_Mechanic_7458

But when has science ever been right? Lol


Scarred4Life51

Sent from my iPhone...


Alan_Smithee_

Not great, not terrible.


heathazerecordings

'How's the picture quality?' 'Not great, not terrible'


Analbox

Look son. This is back in ye olden days when I was just a wee lad. We didn’t have this “picture quality” concept you kids like to jerk over. We had a viewfinder, which was basically just a hole with a +. We didn’t get to find out our bodies had been pummeled with a bombardment of billions of electrons until the strip mall kiosk got it back from the lab a few weeks later.


AX11Liveact

TBF, "we" also had SLR cameras back then. We also had "picture quality" - and those slides mon and dad made at family vacations.


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surfer_ryan

Chernobyl 1986 Digicam 1989


LayzeeLar

Just dunking facts on this guy. Source?! Deez nuuuts.


Nichijo

My mistake, then. BUT the Digicam was a kit that adapted an *existing* CCTV camera to an Amiga computer. So while that particular product didn't exist, the cameras themselves, definitely did.


SuddenlyElga

Son I was there and there were no “digicams” to be


TARSxEndurance

Where's the fire? It took more than a week to extinguish the fire.


Jolkien-RR-Tolkien

I was confused too so googled it. Found an article, apparently a photographer and friends did indeed take photos on April 26th. [article](https://flashbak.com/the-first-photos-of-chernobyl-after-the-nuclear-disaster-april-26-1986-450986/)


oneteaspoontoomuch

Just read the article. They can’t inhabit Pripyat for another 24,000 years. Wild to think that this happened and within a lot of peoples lifetimes (not mine I’m too young) and no one can come back for thousands of years


Ok_Pumpkin_4213

It happened on my birthday too, that was an odd day in history class seeing it on the projector.


oaranges

Its going to be a doc out with the real footage..


tramadolic

So your mom's maiden name, first pet name and favourite colour please/s. Don't give out your shit on the net.


Ok_Pumpkin_4213

I didn't say it happened on my date of birth genius, do some math and figure out how many people were born on that day...every year and then track me down..I'll be waiting


tramadolic

You seem nice.


Ok_Pumpkin_4213

In many cultures, unsolicited and unwarranted advice is seen as an insult.


tramadolic

And rejection of said advice is seen as moronic in same said cultural ethos. As is insulting the bearer of said advice by antagonistic petty childish put downs.


Ok_Pumpkin_4213

Eat me you pedantic loser..


Nichijo

I was living in Hawaii at the time, and within less than a week, I had new friends from Denmark, who immediately left when they heard the news. It was crazy, because radiation was really going off the dial, and nobody knew exactly what was happening. There's a YouTube channel called "Ushanka Show", by a Ukranian-American who was living in Kiev, age 15, at the time. I highly recommend his videos on the subject of Chernobyl, Ukraine, growing up in the USSR, etc. One of the best YT channels for quasi-soviet *otaku* like me,


can_it_be_fixed

Yes and it could almost cast doubt on the popular conception that Nuclear energy is "green" or "sustainable".


Nichijo

But it's still melting down, and so is Fukushima, and nobody knows what to do about it.


Bright_Mechanic_7458

If it melts down far enough it will solve itself!


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wkdarthurbr

bad bot


Dingdongdoctor

God you can see the 5 tonner dump truck sized pieces of graphite. Wild. I still support nuclear. We just need more regulation. The vast majority of the scientific community supports nuclear, as it really is our best current option. Modern reactors are a far cry from this design, and with strict regulation; we as a planet can wean off fossil fuels.


YT-Deliveries

There’s plenty of regulation already, people still NIMBY about it. Chernobyl did it’s thing because of the same reasons anything high tech failed in the USSR.


WorkO0

I think Fukushima did more to damage current state of nuclear phobia than Chernobyl. It happened so recently and it is still fresh on everyone's mind.


Dingdongdoctor

Yeah. It was a very well designed reactor, which is why it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Natural disaster is one of the concerning aspects to designing these facilities. You never know what Gaia has next.


IgnoreMyName

That and that it happened in Japan of all countries that I think vast majority people have this image of "technological paradise" and everything is made with "Japanese precision and quality".


_ALPHAMALE_

If there any good web series about Fukushima


Swerwin

[Here is an amazingly informative imgur album about Chernobyl](https://m.imgur.com/a/TwY6q)


DirectlyTalkingToYou

Thank you for sharing. Here's an article on Artur Korneyev, the guy who kept visiting the elephants foot. When the elephants foot was first discovered it would kill anyone within 30 seconds, over the decades that has lowered to minutes. I'm guessing Artur would only spend brief moments in front of the foot. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/elephants-foot-chernobyl.amp


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Huusoku

Good bot


hicassy

Read the whole thing. So fascinating! And the author did a great job explaining things.


kalel1980

148 pictures & stories will keep people busy for awhile.


Eluk_

Super interesting!


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exclaim_bot

>Great post. Thanks! You're welcome!


kreyyn

This was fascinating, thank you!


hickgorilla

Wow. That was great. Thanks for posting.


ManOfCameras

Really interesting, thanks very much for sharing!


Away_Consequence4586

Fucking awesome Thabk you


Wooga-Haver

Oh no... I'm pretty sure I see graphite on the roof.


Zestyclose-Pack-8423

You can’t see graphite on the roof because it isn’t there!


angelo173

Are you stupid? For there to be graphite on the roof, there would have to be a explosion. Now tell me, how can RBMK reactor explode?


JaggedMetalOs

I think this version of the image has been cleaned up, [this should be the original](https://atomicphotographers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/kostin-chernobyl1.jpg) as it looks more like it should if fogged due to radiation. Also the entire film would have been getting irradiated the whole time while in the camera slowly fogging (this is also how dosimeter badges work, that contain a piece of enclosed photographic film that fogs when exposed to radiation).


_Beee

Surprised the helicopter didn’t just fall out of the sky due to the radiation in the air.


CleverNameTheSecond

If you're referring to the scene from Chernobyl it's because they hit a tower that was obstructed by smoke. They didn't see it because it was obstructed by smoke.


StreetPizza8877

It didn't actually have visible smoke. I saw the footage from the disaster showing the crash, and it was just pilot error and a hard to see cable


FTR-Bald

Taken on a Nokia 3310


bparry1192

Hasn't been charged since and still has 18% battery left


Balrog229

Thanks, Chernobyl, a cheap Soviet-era power plant with many cut corners, for permanently damaging people's view of nuclear power and giving them an inaccurate idea of how dangerous it actually is. Could solve the reliance on fossil fuels within a few years if we went nuclear but nOooOOOo...


topcat5

It wasn't as much they were trying to cut corners, but rather the Soviet system was so inefficient and rife with cronyism at that point, there was no effective way to correct glaring mistakes. The explosion was made possible by a design defect which they discovered years before the explosion. But nothing was done about it because an official classified the information to save face.


Smoky_MountainWay

Umm.. must not forget the 3 Mile Island incident either. We also had a local incidence where the nearby nuclear plant had to be converted to coal because the contractor had massively cheated by not checking 90% of the welds but submitted manipulated pictures. I think nuclear as a power source can be feasible but safe waste disposal remains a problem.


tipperzack6

I want coal and natural gas plants to safety disposal of its waste. And not just in the air.


Bitter_Mongoose

*Three Mile Island has entered the chat*


georgoat

Who else has cut corners and we just don't know about it? What's to stop the next one having cut corners?


ihavebeesinmyknees

Heavy regulation.


dallassportsguy

I told a college professor this my freshman year and she laughed me out of the class room and asked the rest of the class “what else is wrong with nuclear power?” Really is amazing how people will avoid solutions to keep complaining about problems.


introverted365

As of 2014 according to this [documentary](https://youtu.be/AZ4qOMN527s) the journalist had survived.


AX11Liveact

"Exposed" being relative in this context. A shutter won't keep gamma rays away from the photochemical layer.


lil_pepps

I second that. You should check the story how the company Kodak found out about nuclear bomb tests near their factory


Mert_Burphy

The scary bit is that the bomb tests WEREN'T near their factory. The film was being irradiated by the cardboard packaging for their film, which was made in Indiana and Iowa. This was due to fallout from the Trinity test in New Mexico.


lil_pepps

Ahh true. I remembered it wrong. Thanks for correcting


AX11Liveact

I know that story. Pretty amazing. For those who don't, Wikipedia has it, just search for "Kodak" and "nuclear test".


nizzery

Thank you. The “radiation exposure” is occurring the entire time the camera is close enough to the source, not just when the shutter is open.


Bitter_Mongoose

It might if it's got enough metal.


AX11Liveact

In that case it's called an X-ray camera. Or maybe a proton scanner. Not the most portable kind of camera anyway.


Bitter_Mongoose

But exactly the type of camera that would be available to and used by the Soviet Nuclear Commission investigating the blast. (js)


Mariuszv

The crazy thing was the contractors they ‟persuaded” to clean and sweep nuclear material off the roof. They were only allowed out for like 30 seconds at a time.


Assholesfullofelbows

Only known* There are bound to be more in someone's home picture collection. A lot of people were in and out, I'd think there are better than average odds someone had a camera and snapped a photo


Lets_____Go

Known as in shown.


thumpingcoffee

Shouldn't there be smoke from the fire?


StreetPizza8877

Grafite doesn't smoke when burning


jimtrickington

This is exactly why I never eat heavy grains.


Much_Shame_5030

r/killthecameraman


Dependent_Scheme

\>began to destroy the camera film the second it was exposed Didn't it begin to destroy the film when they got near enough ragardless of the camera shutter position? Gamma rays are supposed to go through any materials.


GhostRiders

Meh, just needs a little paint, couple of two by fours, plasterboard and it will be as good new


jimtrickington

Isn’t there always a huge amount of radiation in the air here on our tiny planet? Or do you mean ionizing radiation?


gerenski9

Nowadays, when normal people talk about radiation, they mean ionising radiation, because people don't know that there is safe non-ionising radiation everywhere.


SuddenlyElga

I remember seeing a picture of a fireman trying to cool down the reactor (or something ) and it looked like the radiation was literally tearing him apart.


esakul

Radiaton from a nuclear reactor cant tear apart human, no idea what kind of image you saw


noodlenood27

it was the image of the elphants foot with the distorted man in it i think


SuddenlyElga

Yes. I think that’s it. He’s holding a hose and spraying water at something. [This one.](https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/elephants-foot-chernobyl)


Frency2

We definitely should build more nuclear power plants. Radiations aren't that dangerous. Very fee people died from those. Solar? Wind? Pff, those are for commoners.


Amonia_Ed

💀


SomeAverageAsiane

What happened to the photographer?


comrade_fluffy

Died In 2015


SomeAverageAsiane

Of what cause?


comrade_fluffy

Im not sure. Im pretty sure it was Not cancer tho


SomeAverageAsiane

So not radiation sickness or any kind of cancer then…Probably old age.


comrade_fluffy

Yeah


badmanleigh

I hope he didn't develop cancer this exposure. . .


DevoutFlight877

I do nt see any graphite, everything is ifne I am sure.


Boldlycogitate

I feel like I absorbed rdiation just looking at this picture..


lpablito

Looks like a Pink Floyd album


y_ogi

Radiation and radiation poising is such an interesting concept


masher_oz

The radiation doesn't care about the shutter, it'll go through the whole camera.


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If you haven't seen the series Tchernobyl give it a try it's really good


Daring-Wyvern

Seems to have been an explosion


BelphegorDuck

The netflix series was 👍


loudandproudgardens

Watch Chernobyl on HBO, absolutely chilling..


bwoods519

The heavy grain is due to the huge amount of radiation in the air that began to destroy the cameraman the second he was exposed.


Msrose59

Interesting is it not, lives lost not only human, animals and vegetation but hey who cares let’s go build a few thousand more of these fabulous power station. Seriously guys the buck stops where you spend your dollar you know!


_lmmk_

Sure the grainy quality of the photo wasn’t due to less advanced technology at the time?? You can’t see radiation.


Smoky_MountainWay

I don't think you get it. The grain is due to the heavy radiation in the air instantly degrading the films surface, not that it is somehow visible in the air. Film not digital!


pladin517

You can't see radiation, but I don't think it's much of a stretch to say radiation affected the film, since the film is so sensitive that it can record light (hence photography).


jimtrickington

I can see radiation. For example, the color red. Ta da!


DownvoteEvangelist

You can see the effects of radiation...


Cuntly_Fuckface

Even scarier, there is a video of a helicopter just disintegrating mid air above the reactor


TrashPanda421

It was actually the helicopter hitting a chain that caused the crash not disintegrating from radiation.


Solid-Description-39

Where can I see this video


BillMillerBBQ

Wow. This is the first time I've ever seen this. So interesting /s