Chernobyl’s hot mess, “the Elephant’s Foot,” is still lethal | Curio

Chernobyl’s hot mess, “the Elephant’s Foot,” is still lethal

12 mins | May 28, 2017

By the fall of 1986, the emergency crews fighting to contain the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl made it into a steam corridor beneath failed reactor Number 4. Inside this chamber they found black lava that had oozed straight from the core. The most famous formation was a solid flow that their radiation sensors firmly told them not to approach. With cameras pushed in from around a corner, the workers dubbed the dimly lit mass “the Elephant’s Foot.”

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From Nautilus magazine