The situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant is not looking good.
Each red square represents a fire. The six reactor buildings are top left-center.
It looks like the shelling has switched to the north. Compare with yesterday. The southern fires are still burning.
Close-up of the fire next to the reactors.
FIRMS correlates well with MAXAR satellite images.
FIRMS has identified shelling of the ZNPP today. All were acquired around 11:00 GMT. One fire is dangerously close to the reactors. The Russians are insane to be doing this, especially since the prevailing winds are blowing into Russia! So far surrounding radiation sensors are normal.
Reports of both international atomic energy officials to visit ZNPP and a radiation leak in the news today. Unfortunately we have years to turn this into a full-on nuclear disaster.
Despite reports in the press about shelling at ZNPP, there has been no activity there on FIRMS since the close call on Thursday. Something's not adding up here.
Ukraine is handing out iodine tablets in Zaporizhzhia near the ZNPP in case the shelling causes a radiation release.
So..... 27/08/22 ........
Reactor re-connected to the grid, but still being shelled.
Pointless, I know, but I'll just add the obligatory, "Fuck Putin".
It looks like the Russians have finally come to their senses. There was no shelling at ZNPP today.
SaveEcobot has a Fire/Wind monitor - a combination of FIRMS and Windy!
It also has ISW layers.
So far, so good. No radiation leak at ZNPP. We dodged a bullet yesterday!
Ukraine needs to get every fan in Europe and point them all to blow the radioactive particles towards Moscow.
In a lot of major disasters there are multiple key events where if any were avoided, the disaster would have been avoided.
This sure feels like that in spades.
It’s very stealth, though. The danger now is in the fuel rods in and out of the reactors. Thanks to the buildup of short half life fission products in the rods, there are nuclear reactions happening without a reactor to provoke them. They are spontaneous and generate heat that must be removed or else the fuel rods melt, open up, and the fuel burns spreading radioactivity to the winds.
The spent fuel is kept there in ponds where the water must be circulated. In the reactors, the cooling water still has to be circulated or else the reactor can overheat and the fuel melt.
Either way, the fact that the reactors are now apparently off might be causing complacency about the situation though it could be even more dangerous than a reactor in a containment building due to the amount of fuel that could be compromised and released to the environment.
The rods are slower to overheat than a reactor but they get there. It took the cooling ponds at Fukushima days after the tsunami to eventually burn and explode the buildings they were in. Thing was, when they did explode the winds blew the contamination out to sea. The ZNPP has much more land around it - and people.
https://www.windy.com/?43.501,33.948,6 Windy is handy to see where the radiation will spread initially.
I don’t understand why Russia is doing this. Just one reactor at Chernobyl brought down the Soviet Union. It took a massive effort using the military, “volunteers”, and international help and cooperation to finally get Chernobyl quiet.
Imagine rods lighting off at ZNPP in a war zone. The fire won’t be the roaring core of a nuclear reactor but it would be somewhat similar.
What happens now is anyone’s guess. That facility is hanging by a thread. If anything happens to it, it could be contamination beyond anything the world has ever seen.
Putin needs to die. Fast.