January 3, 1994 |
After that nightmare voyage 33 years ago, Ivan Kolokov stopped shaving. The skin on his face kept peeling off with the razor. Nikolai Zateyev, his shipmate, lay in bed 18 months while doctors replaced his bone marrow and blood. Both sailors consider themselves lucky when they remember Boris Korchilov. Korchilov was a blue-eyed, 20-year-old ladies' man. Before the voyage he was playing volleyball and flirting.
April 20, 1993 |
An explosion in a Siberian nuclear reprocessing plant two weeks ago caused considerable physical damage but had little effect on the environment, a U.N. expert who inspected the site said Monday. "The explosive chain reaction blew out the side wall of the plant, but there was very little toxic release and the damage to the environment was very low," said Burton Bennett of the U.N. Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation.
April 13, 1993 |
An explosion at a secret Siberian nuclear weapons complex contaminated an area more than three times greater than previously thought, the latest official estimate said Monday. At the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, meanwhile, the No. 1 reactor was shut down Monday because of a malfunctioning turbine engine, the Itar-Tass news agency said. Head engineer Viktor Vasilchenko said there was no danger of radiation leaks.
April 9, 1993 |
Hundreds of disaster workers cleared snow and built dams in the Siberian wilderness Thursday in an effort to clean up the radiation from Russia's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Commonwealth Television showed heavy damage at the nuclear weapons complex in the secret city of Tomsk-7, where an underground tank containing a poisonous mix of liquid nuclear waste exploded and burned Tuesday.
April 8, 1993 |
Russian officials said Wednesday that although the explosion in a vat of atomic waste at a secret Siberian complex could be considered the country's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, it was tiny in comparison. "You simply cannot liken it to Chernobyl," Nuclear Energy Ministry spokesman Georgy Kaurov told reporters. "About 80 million curies of radioactivity were released at Chernobyl. Here, we do not have even a single curie. So it is 80 million times less."
April 7, 1993 |
A tank of radioactive waste exploded and burned Tuesday at a weapons plant in the Siberian city of Tomsk-7, contaminating 2,500 acres and exposing firefighters to dangerous levels of radiation, Russian officials said. It was unclear how much radiation was released in the accident or how many people might be affected.