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January 16, 1993 | HUGH POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just as this week's two apparently harmless fires at the Chernobyl nuclear plant rekindled popular fears in Ukraine, Turkey has been reliving its own nightmare of those fearful days of radioactive clouds and rain. But whereas Ukrainians have lived for years with the impact of the April, 1986, disaster--8,000 people are thought to have died as a result--the Turks 700 miles to the south had always been told that they had little to worry about.
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WORLD
September 6, 2005 | Charles Piller and Alissa J. Rubin, Times Staff Writers
Nearly two decades after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster spread radioactive fallout across much of Europe, a United Nations study has concluded that the health effects have been far smaller than feared. The researchers confirmed 56 deaths -- nine children from thyroid cancer and 47 emergency workers from acute radiation poisoning or radiation-induced cancer. They projected that 3,940 more people would eventually die of cancer, according to the report released Monday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1986
My God! Of the 16 nuclear power plant accidents reported in The Times chronology (April 30), 12 occurred in the United States . . . . Do we really know what is happening around us? DICK HENKE San Pedro
WORLD
August 10, 2004 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
High-pressure steam bursting from a ruptured pipe in a Japanese nuclear reactor burned four workers to death Monday, sending ripples of alarm through a country that is heavily dependent on nuclear power. Officials said the steam was not radioactive and posed no threat of contamination to people in the nearby town of Mihama on the Sea of Japan, 40 miles north of Kyoto. But Kansei Electric Power Co.
NEWS
April 19, 1987
The International Atomic Energy Agency has received more than 250 "hushed-up reports" of nuclear power plant accidents, including several in the United States, the West German magazine Der Spiegel reported. However, details on at least four of the U.S. accidents are public, and a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said no nuclear mishaps have been kept secret.
NEWS
October 1, 1988 | Associated Press
The Savannah River Plant in South Carolina, a large federal complex that produces fuel for the nation's nuclear weapons, has experienced numerous reactor accidents that have been kept secret for as long as 31 years, two congressional committees disclosed Friday.
NEWS
January 30, 1993 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian officials, disclosing new details about a series of nuclear disasters in the Ural Mountains, have admitted that 450,000 people were contaminated by radiation from the giant Mayak atomic plant between 1948 and 1967, and that the site remains a potential hazard.
NEWS
September 10, 1990 | LINDA ROACH MONROE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On that Saturday morning in 1962, the men whose bodies formed the radiological front lines of the Cold War knew what it meant to see the eerie blue flash known as Cerenkov radiation. "He saw the blue flash two times, and he knew that nobody had ever lived after seeing the blue flash. So in his mind he knew he was dead. He told me that," said Dorothy Aardal of her husband, Harold.
NEWS
April 25, 1992 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the weeks following the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station six years ago, the Soviet leadership told lie upon lie to cover up the scope of the disaster and hide the danger it posed to the country's population, according to secret Communist Party documents published Friday by the newspaper Izvestia.
NEWS
June 27, 1987 | From Reuters
Another Chernobyl-type nuclear disaster is unavoidable while present technology is operated by human beings, a U.S. scientist specializing in the aftereffects of nuclear accidents said Friday. Dr. Robert P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2003 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Federal regulators are looking into potential flaws at the San Onofre nuclear power station and 67 other atomic plants across the nation that could cripple or knock out a reactor's emergency core cooling system during an accident. The defect has prompted the Union of Concerned Scientists to warn that the San Onofre station near San Clemente is among the most likely to suffer reactor damage and possible meltdowns because of the defect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1999 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal regulators on Monday gave the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and its neighboring communities high marks in being prepared for a nuclear disaster. "Generally, we're happy with their performance," said Tom Ridgeway, branch chief for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which oversees emergency preparedness. "They have demonstrated that they . . . have plans in place and the ability to protect the public."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1999 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Though the mood was serious and the faces solemn, a message board scrolled out the real story in red letters: "This is a drill." Public officials, nuclear experts and media representatives gathered Wednesday for Southern California Edison's testing and grading of emergency preparedness at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station near San Clemente, the last such exercise this century.
NEWS
April 12, 1994 | Associated Press
A gust from an air lock knocked down a group of workers at the Seabrook nuclear plant, slightly injuring 11, authorities said. The accident Sunday afternoon occurred when hydraulically operated doors were being opened after the plant was shut down for refueling. An air lock is an airtight compartment between places that do not have the same air pressure. Two workers were treated at a hospital for minor injuries, and nine others received cuts and bruises, a spokesman said.
NEWS
January 30, 1993 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian officials, disclosing new details about a series of nuclear disasters in the Ural Mountains, have admitted that 450,000 people were contaminated by radiation from the giant Mayak atomic plant between 1948 and 1967, and that the site remains a potential hazard.
NEWS
January 16, 1993 | HUGH POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just as this week's two apparently harmless fires at the Chernobyl nuclear plant rekindled popular fears in Ukraine, Turkey has been reliving its own nightmare of those fearful days of radioactive clouds and rain. But whereas Ukrainians have lived for years with the impact of the April, 1986, disaster--8,000 people are thought to have died as a result--the Turks 700 miles to the south had always been told that they had little to worry about.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 1987 | WILLIAM J. EATON, E aton is The Times' Moscow bureau chief. and
"I am a little annoyed that no Moscow theater wanted to produce the play," Vladimir S. Gubaryev said the other day. "I usually say, 'We're having a theatrical Chernobyl in Moscow. . " Gubaryev was talking about "Sarcophagus," his play on the Chernobyl disaster, which will have its U.S. premiere Sept. 18 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center as part of the Los Angeles Festival.
NEWS
January 12, 1991 | From Associated Press
Two reactors were shut off Friday at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant because a "mistake by personnel" caused a problem in their water-cooling system, the state news agency Tass reported. "This is purely a technical stop, which poses no danger for people and the natural environment," shift supervisor N. Fedoseyev was quoted as saying.
NEWS
May 26, 1992 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Problem--Nuclear Safety * The U.N. View--"To protect human health and the environment, safe management and disposal of radioactive waste should be an integral part of worldwide nuclear safety efforts." * The Case Study: Sosnivka--The nightmare of the 1986 Chernobyl accident goes on for this tiny village and the 37 families that once called it home. The enemy lurks outside Zonya Grishanovich's log cabin, silent and invisible.
NEWS
April 25, 1992 | MICHAEL PARKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the weeks following the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station six years ago, the Soviet leadership told lie upon lie to cover up the scope of the disaster and hide the danger it posed to the country's population, according to secret Communist Party documents published Friday by the newspaper Izvestia.
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