Friday, April 1, 2011

Important History: The Kyshtym Disaster

People everywhere around the world are still watching closely the events that are continuing to unfold with the Fukushima nuclear power facility in Japan.  Right now, there are definitely at least two reactors, and possibly three, that are in partial or complete meltdown.   The long standing fear is that the melted cores will break through their containment all together, sink into the ground and make contact with ground water.  The result will  be a very deadly radioactive cloud unleashed over Japan that will devastate the entire island of Honshu, and leave a large part of northern Japan uninhabitable for thousands of years!

I am appalled by the controlled media and government officials that are saying that the disaster at Fukushima is no cause for being alarmed.   It is a fact that if a radioactive cloud is released, it may contain Plutonium which not only kills, but lingers for thousands of years.    The result will definitely be a dead zone that the world may have never seen since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, and the Kyshtym nuclear waste disaster that occured in central Russia in 1957.

OK... Many people have heard of Three Mile Island, and Chernobyl.   But very few are aware of what happened at Kyshtym in 1957 due to the fact that the horrific nuclear disaster that occured there was covered up by the Soviet Union for years, and facts about what happened there were never released to the world until the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990's.    The fact is, readers, that a large swath of central Russia is still uninhabitable today due to this horrendous disaster.

For this article, I want to give my readers a look at what happened at Kyshtym in 1957.  That was a nuclear disaster that rates a 6 on the recently stated nuclear disaster level.... Chernobyl being a 7, and Three Mile Island a strong 5.....First, I want to present a short video from Youtube, called "Kyshtym Video" right here to view:

I now want to present a pretty good writeup right here about what actually happened at Kyshtym, from the website: Time, at   This may help you understand the Kyshtym disaster in detail:

In September 1957 the cooling system in one of the tanks containing about 70-80 tons of radioactive waste failed, and the temperature in it started to rise, resulting in a non-nuclear explosion of the dried waste having a force estimated at about 70-100 tons of TNT, which threw the concrete lid, weighing 160 tons, into the air. There were no immediate casualties as a result of the explosion, which released some 74 PBq (2 MCi) of radioactivity.

In the next 10 to 11 hours the radioactive cloud moved towards the northeast, reaching 300-350 kilometers from the accident. The fallout of the cloud resulted in a long-term contamination of an area of more than 800 square kilometers, primarily with caesium-137 and strontium-90. This area is usually referred to as the East-Ural Radioactive Trace (EURT).

Because of the secrecy surrounding Mayak, the population of affected areas were not initially informed of the accident. A week later (on 6 October) an operation for evacuating 10,000 people from the affected area started, still without giving an explanation of the reasons for evacuation. People "grew hysterical with fear with the incidence of unknown 'mysterious' diseases breaking out. Victims were seen with skin 'sloughing off' their faces, hands and other exposed parts of their bodies." It was Zhores Medvedev who revealed the nature and extent of the disaster to the world.

Even though the Soviet government suppressed information about the figures, it is estimated that the direct exposure to radiation caused at least 200 cases of death from cancer.

To reduce the spread of radioactive contamination after the accident, contaminated soil was excavated and stockpiled in fenced enclosures that were called "graveyards of the earth".

The Soviet government in 1968 disguised the EURT area by creating the East-Ural Nature Reserve, which prohibited any unauthorised access to the affected area.

Rumours of a nuclear mishap somewhere in the vicinity of Chelyabinsk had long been circulating in the West. That there had been a serious nuclear accident west of the Urals was eventually inferred from research on the effects of radioactivity on plants, animals, and ecosystems, published by Professor Leo Tumerman, former head of the Biophysics Laboratory at the Institute of Molecular Biology in Moscow, and associates.

According to Gyorgy, who invoked the Freedom of Information Act to gain access to the relevant Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) files, the CIA knew of the 1957 Mayak accident all along, but kept it secret to prevent adverse consequences for the fledgling American nuclear industry. Only in 1990 did the Soviet government declassify documents pertaining to the disaster.

NTS Notes:  The reason why it is essential to focus on the Kyshtym disaster is obvious... Kyshtym saw the explosion of some 70-80 tonnes of nuclear waste material, in which some contained Plutonium.  The result of the venting of the deadly Kyshtym radioactive cloud from that 70-80 tonnes devastated an area of some 800 square kilometers as noted... Some of which is still uninhabitable today...

Now we turn to what is and what could potentially happen at Fukushima.... There are reports that there are some 1700(!) tonnes of spent Uranium and Plutonium fuel rods at that facility stored in so called "cooling storage pools" that are in danger of going sky high in a radioactive cloud if Fukushima does completely melt down..  Considering what 70-80 tonnes of vented Plutonium/Uranium did at Kyshtym, it does not take much to imagine what some 1700 tonnes released as a deadly radioactive cloud could do at Fukushima!

I am always in awe on why people have never ever learned the lessons of history.  Kyshtym was a disaster due to man's neglect at following proper safety when handling nuclear material.  There is strong evidence coming forward that Fukushima's nuclear reactor safety protocols were criminally ignored for years!    Again, it seems that if we have not learned from history, then we are doomed to repeat it.

Lets not be fooled by the clowns in government that are downplaying Fukushima.   History shows otherwise...

More to come



Anonymous said...

A US military nuclear emergency response team (experts)was sent to Fukushima. One of their responsibilities has been to monitor the radioactivity continuously. They know all the real facts now about Fukushima, even if they do not know how to stop the continuing nuclear disaster. But these experts are just as criminal as TEPCO and the Japanese government, because they are concealing the truth. Being military they are committing treason against all the US military personnel in and near Japan by not warning them of their dangerous exposure. They are also committing treason against Americans at home for the same reason. Even if any of them wanted to tell the truth, I am quite sure they would be prevented from doing so.

mary sullivan said...

i view this aa a plan for Harper to hold the border to arrest the White race as they are called names and driven toward Canadian border.Harper is complying

Noor al Haqiqa said...

I had never heard of the Kyshtym Disaster. Ty for the education.

Did you know that in parts of England farmers are still not allowed to use the land or even graze their sheep? The land is completely closed off for use.

Why? I hear you ask? Chernobyl...... that stuff drifts..... just ask those farmers...

Northerntruthseeker said...

Ummm... First, for Mary Sullivan... Your comment is obvious for another article.. But to comment on it, your finding is intriging...

Northerntruthseeker said...

Ok... For information for readers.. I was aware of Kyshtym as early as 1979 at University... We were discussing nuclear energy in Physics, and one Prof told us that Nuclear energy can be made safe, but Governments do not want to pay for proper safety...He was focusing on the recent tragedy at Three Mile Island when he made that statement. Then he told us about a secret disaster that occurred in the Soviet Union in the late 1950's that even at that time 1979 a large area of Russia was uninhabited... I remember mine and others' shock at hearing about this.

My second recollection of the disaster at Kyshtym was reading in the Guiness Book of World records about a nuclear disaster c.1957..listed as "venting of radioactive plutonium" with >5000 deaths...

When the disaster at Fukushima started, I suddenly started to remember the disaster at Kyshtym, but was working on a draft for the last two weeks about this important subject... I figured it was time to give people some historical fact that flies in the face of all those who are still attempting to say that Fukushima is not a catastrophic disaster in the making!


mary sullivan said...



Anonymous said...

To be fair, I want to put this out there.

Neither the environmental mess at Hanford nor the infinitely more tragic environmental mess in the southern Urals has anything to do with nuclear power production. Hanford and Mayak were not nuclear power plants, but weapons production plants.

Their results are not a reflection on nuclear power. What they are a reflection on is the insanity of the Cold War.

In both installations, scientists and technicians, who were still working with the learn-as-you-go aspects of developing technology and crude equipment, were placed under pressure from their governments: "I can haz moar plutonium nao‽ Moar plutonium! MOAR PLUTONIUM! NAO!"

Equipment was overstressed, patched up, and kludged, because the downtime for maintaining, upgrading, or replacing it was unacceptable. Anybody who advocated slowing down production for any reason (say, environmental or safety concerns) was ignored; if he couldn't be ignored, it wouldn't be much of an exaggeration to say he was viewed as in the way of national security.

No consideration was allowed to outweigh production numbers. Managerial staff who were compliant with maintaining or increasing production were retained; those who weren't were replaced.

History has shown that this is always a recipe for disaster; both the U.S. and the former USSR are simply lucky that nothing even worse came of it.