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BigWilliam - This is an article by some physics types discussing the second steam explosion risk.
They conclude the maximum explosion force from the water tanks would have been around 1 kiloton, far, far less than 2-4 megatons as stated in the show.
Yea, now they can state that. The show focuses on what they thought back then. There was no time to do research.
Exactly. Some people are acting like the show writers made all this stuff up when more than likely that is what the plant workers actually thought at that time.
It is also possible the show writers wanted to present it in a way to make it more dramatic. The naked miners for instance, there is nothing documented to show that they actually did that. But it made for good tv. They chose to omit Legasov's wife and daughter, added in him dying at the exact same time as the Chernobyl explosion. There is always a little dramatic license.
Looks like they use a lot of dramatic license, at least according to this guy:
I do not question that doctor's knowledge of radiation poisoning but he himself twists some statements in that article. He compares the exposure of Chernobyl workers to radiation therapy patients? That's not even in the same ballpark to suggest controlled and focused exposure from a linear accelerator to the full body smokeshow those firefighters walked into.
That reminds of the Boris' line about, "They tell me it's about the same as a chest X ray." No, it's nothing like a controlled diagnostic imaging exposure!
He may be correct about the firefighters being contaminated, though. The first thing that happens to anyone in that situation is a total decontamination before they leave the site. Depending on the contamination that may include shaving hair or scrubbing layers of skin away until all the zoomies are gone.
I had a shitty haircut once after working under the pot in the drywell. Got doused with some crapped up water that made it through my rubber suit and my head lit up the dosimeter when I tried to leave the protected area. Had to shave about 25% of my hair to leave that day. If the firefighters were scrubbed clean then there should have been no exposure from their bodies and the wife's baby certainly would not have absorbed any noticable dose from being near by. It still made for a sad story in the show, though.