The human cost of cleaning up the Chernobyl disaster, told by one of the workers

By: ( +David Herron; Date: June 11, 2019

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The cleanup operation at Chernobyl attempted to use "robots" to cleanup highly radioactive debris, to spare humans from the task. Humans with experience working around radioactive debris were valuable, and had to be preserved for as long as possible. But in the area of the worst radioactive debris, where extremely radioactive graphite had fallen from the core of the reactor, the robots failed to work. Humans had to go in themselves, wearing the most primitive of protective suits, and working for shifts lasting all of two minutes. It took 3828 men to accomplish the task.

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The wreckage of the reactor was removed by soldiers. Briefing by General Tarakanov. - YouTube

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