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Subject:A little light reading
Time:12:47 am
Last night, through a path that actually made some sort of sense at the time, I found myself on the Wikipedia entry for the Chernobyl disaster. I can't vouch for the factual accuracy of the page, but it passes the sniff test. I found it an utterly fascinating read-- the chain of fuckups that produced this catastrophe is truly stunning.

The timing of it is one of the most fascinating things to me:

"At 1:23:04 a.m. the experiment began."

"With reactor output rapidly increasing, the operators pressed the AZ-5 ("Rapid Emergency Defense 5") button at 1:23:40"

"At 1:24, 20 seconds after the SCRAM was ordered, the first steam explosion took place"

"A second, more powerful explosion occurred about two or three seconds after the first:"

That's like one minute of elapsed time between them starting the experiment and having the biggest nuclear incident in history. Wow.
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bellaballanda
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Time:2009-04-22 04:37 pm (UTC)
After you twittered it I totally read the whole article too...

There's a pretty good Discovery/History channel show on it too....
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rmd
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Time:2009-04-22 05:31 pm (UTC)
yeah. it all happened crazy fast.

one of the "how things get fucked up" books i read a while ago (probably either "inviting disaster" or "deep survival") take a look at three mile island and chernobyl. it makes for good disaster-porn reading.

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crayonbeam
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Time:2009-04-23 02:01 am (UTC)
I've read a transcript of NASA contractors discussing the o-ring tolerance to cold just hours before the Challenger disaster. Fascinating group dynamic situation.
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tiurin
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Time:2009-04-23 11:10 am (UTC)
Pretty much all of the nuclear incident entries are jawdropping in one way or another. "Twisting the dragon's tail" was pretty effin' amazing.
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