What threat haunts the bowels of Chernobyl?
As the 35th anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster in history has just been commemorated, abnormal activity in the debris of the plant is causing concern among Ukrainian scientists.
As reported by the American journal
, the fission reactions seem to be accelerating under the rubble of reactor number 4, the one that exploded on April 26, 1986 during a safety test.
"It's like the embers of a barbecue"
, even describes Neil Hyatt, a British chemist interviewed by the scientific journal.
She said the subject was recently brought up by a member of the Kyiv Institute for Nuclear Safety (ISPNPP) during discussions on the dismantling of the reactor.
The sensors distributed throughout the site are indeed detecting an increasing number of neutrons, in particular in room 305/2, located under the reactor, and where tons of materials containing molten fuel are buried.
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