US unveils secret report on Chernobyl nuclear accident[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date:: 2019/8/19 9:23 • 106 times read[/rtl]
The United States has declassified the first intelligence report on the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986. Some documents have been published by the US National Security Archive.
According to a secret report sent on May 2, 1986, to US Secretary of State George Schultz, in the first days after the Chernobyl accident, US intelligence services questioned the authenticity of official reports on the number of victims.
Morton Abramowitz, the assistant intelligence and assistant secretary of state, wrote: "The entire intelligence community considers it illogical that only two people died," pointing out the extent of the destruction.
"The number of morning incoming at the normal RBMK-1000 Soviet reactor is 100 people. In the night incoming rotates 25-35 people. Given that the third and fourth unit is close together, the number of people around the reactor may be up to 200 people. In the daytime, and at night 70 people. "
As follows from the report, US intelligence "assumes" a large number of deaths as a result of the Chernobyl accident. Intelligence services came to their conclusions after examining the images of large-scale destruction at Chernobyl's fourth nuclear power unit. "Every person in the immediate vicinity of the explosion center either died instantly or received doses of radiation that are not compatible with life," she said.
The disaster occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986, and the nuclear reactor of the fourth power plant at the plant exploded.
134 people (Chernobyl technical staff and firefighters involved in firefighting) developed acute radiation sickness. Of these, 28 people died in the first months after what happened. One Chernobyl employee died at the time of the explosion at the fourth power unit, and another died in the early hours after what happened at Pripyat Hospital.
The total area of radioactive contamination in Belarus is about 46.5 thousand square kilometers (23% of the total area).
In Ukraine, 50 thousand square kilometers in 12 regions. In addition, 19 Russian regions with an area of about 60,000 square kilometers and a population of 2.6 million people were affected by radioactive contamination. Nearly 8.4 million people in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine were exposed to radiation, and hundreds of thousands were evacuated from contaminated areas.