[FoRK] Re: Chernobyl 'likely to kill 4,000'

Robert Harley robert.harley
Mon Sep 5 16:10:15 PDT 2005


   - *National Cancer Institute estimate of releases from the Nevada 
   Tests: * 130 million curies
    - *Official iodine-131 release estimate from Chernobyl: * 7.3 million 
   curies -- decay-corrected to ten days after the start of the accident. 
   - *Iodine-131 inventory in the Chernobyl reactor on April 26, 1986, 
   the day the accident started: * approximately 83 million curies. 
   Official Soviet estimate of fraction released = 20 percent. Release occurred 
   over the ten day period of the fire from April 26 to May 6, 1986.

   - *Rough estimate of actual releases from Chernobyl over the course of 
   the ten-day fire: * 10 to 15 million curies, assuming a release 
   fraction of 20 percent. Calculations by IEER, based on NUREG-1250, U.S. 
   Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 1987.

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