In his column in the Regional Life magazine for June Andrew Blowers asks what might happen if a major nuclear accident happened at Bradwell? The ultimate disaster: It is now a third of a century since the world’s greatest nuclear disaster occurred at around midnight on April 26, 1986. Chernobyl is both the symbol and the reality of the ultimate calamity that is inherent in nuclear power. In his recent book, Midnight in Chernobyl, Adam Higginbotham reveals the widespread impact on the surrounding area in the borderlands of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia: The plume from unit 4 had cast a shadow not only across the cities of Pripyat and Chernobyl but also upon collective farms and industrial enterprises, small towns, isolated villages, forests, and great tracts of agricultural land. Dense traces of radioactivity reached north and west across the thirty-kilometer zone, but fallout composed of twenty-one different radionuclides forged inside Reactor Number Four – including strontium 89, strontium 90, neptunium 239, cesium 134, cesium 137, and plutonium 239 – had also formed a leopard-spot pattern of intense contamination up to three hundred kilometres from the plant.
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