What Exactly Happened at Chernobyl?

Reactions - Uncover the Chemistry in Everyday Life

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Reactions Science Videos | August 15, 2019

On April 26, 1986, the Soviet Union’s Chernobyl Power Complex nuclear reactor 4 exploded. This week on Reactions, we talk about the chemistry behind this catastrophic event.


Nuclear reactors

World Nuclear Association sequence of events at Chernobyl

RBMK reactor

Chernobyl accident

Xenon poisoning

UNSCEAR’s assessments of the radiation effects

33 years since Chernobyl

Chernobyl disaster

Estimated deaths from Chernobyl

RBMK reactor locations

Ever wonder why dogs sniff each others' butts? Or how Adderall works? Or whether it's OK to pee in the pool? We've got you covered: Reactions a web series about the chemistry that surrounds you every day.

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