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Millions of people would be exposed to radioactive contamination: researchers showed the possible aftermath of an accident at the ZNPP

Researchers showed a model of the spread of radioactive contamination in the event of an accident at the ZNPP. Photo: dw.com

Researchers showed a model of the spread of radioactive contamination in the event of an accident at the ZNPP. Photo: dw.com

An accident at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant would affect not only Ukraine, but the whole world, because many countries with millions of people would be exposed to radioactive contamination.

This was written on the Telegram channel of the Energoatom National Nuclear Energy Generating Company.

Ivan Kovalets, head of the Department of Mathematical Environmental Modeling at the Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, showed the calculations of the consequences of an accident at the ZNPP and emphasized that the situation would be very harsh.

Quote"We’ve estimated the release of radioactive materials for one of such scenarios. This scenario implies that the plant personnel act competently during the accident to minimize the consequences. This means that it’s not an "apocalyptic" scenario, but it’s still a major accident, the maximum 7th level according to the INES scale. After we’ve estimated the released volume of radioactivity, everything depends on meteorologic conditions, and we create a model of the spread in the atmosphere," Kovalets said.

At the same time, he stressed that the spread of radioactive contamination would depend on the weather. However, it will definitely affect people in the southern regions of Ukraine, Crimea, Romania, and Bulgaria. Moreover, an accident at the ZNPP would also contaminate the waters of the Black Sea.

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Context. Energoatom stated that the shelling of the Zaporizhzhia NPP, which has been controlled by the invaders since February, seriously endangers its functioning. One power unit has already stopped working because of the Russians’ attacks, and a nitrogen-oxygen station, an auxiliary building, and a number of radiation monitoring sensors near the plant’s spent fuel storage facility were damaged.

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