my spatula was getting old, and as they watched me work, the spatula finally gave up the ghost. The head fell off of the handle. From that point forward, my beloved Chernobyl Chicken had the reputation of eating spatulas.
What we have is a very complex mix of chemical and nuclear processes occurring in Chernobyl that I couldn’t begin to piece together, but an atomic explosion requires highly pure fuel. As the elements are changing, and as debris no doubt continues to mix in the fuel core, and as the uranium and plutonium transmute to other elements, the core is becoming less concentrated, not more. It’s a chaotic system, not well understood, but any damage that will occur will be significant only in the local region
One common thread among the victims of the nuclear accident is the discovery of Strontium-90 in their bones.