Accession Number : ADA235491


Title :   Biomedical Lessons from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Accident


Corporate Author : ARMED FORCES RADIOBIOLOGY RESEARCH INST BETHESDA MD


Personal Author(s) : Browne, Doris


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA235491


Report Date : OCT 1990


Pagination or Media Count : 7


Abstract : The world's worst radiation accident occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the USSR during the early hours of April 26, 1986. This accident unleashed megacuries of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, generated an explosive blast that knocked the thousand-ton lif off the top of the reactor, and sent burning graphite and heat in a plume about three miles high. The aftermath and significance of this disaster are still being realized in the USSR and neighboring countries. This report summarizes the basic information on casualties, triage, and treatment, and the radionuclides released into the atmosphere. The immediate casualties included only plant personnel, firemen, and auxiliary staff present at, or in the vicinity of the accident site.


Descriptors :   *RADIOACTIVE CONTAMINATION , ACCIDENTS , RADIATION , SITES , GRAPHITE , EXPLOSIVES , COMBUSTION , CASUALTIES , PERSONNEL , FIRE FIGHTING , BLAST , BIOMEDICINE , RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES , USSR , REPRINTS


Subject Categories : NUCLEAR FISSION REACTORS(POWER)
      RADIATION POLLUTION AND CONTROL


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE