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"If you’re from Jotunheim, why are you white?"
"Oh my god, Fandral, you can’t just ask people why they’re white!"
After the disaster in Chernobyl’s Reactor #4, radioactive smoke was pouring out of the damaged building, suggesting to scientists that the reactor’s graphite core was on fire. To try to quell the radiation emitting from the core and the graphite fire, several thousand tons of neutron absorbers were dropped from helicopters into the reactor building. Despite the sacrifice the helicopter pilots made (most died within days), it was clear that almost none of the material landed in the core. On 6 May 1986, the smoke and radiation emissions stopped inexplicably.
Scientists now knew something had happened in the core, but weren’t sure what. The explosion in the reactor threw its 2,000 ton lid into the air. It fell on edge and into the mouth of the reactor and sent chunks of the core scattering. Desperate for information, scientists were sent into the basement of Block 4, searching in rooms despite knowing the reactor could very well have exploded again. A crude, wheeled camera was set up to be sent into areas of extremely high radiation, and scientists eventually discovered a huge mass of sand and nuclear fuel that had fused together, but no one knew where it could have come from as it was deep in the basement. The decision to find a way to inspect the reactor was made.
Holes were drilled in a room adjacent to the reactor so workers could have a better look at the inside. Several theories of what they might find were discussed, but they were all certain of one thing: There would be damaged reactor core. What they found confounded all expectation. The reactor was completely empty. The entire structure of the core had seemingly vanished.
The decision to continue the hunt for nuclear fuel with humans rather than robots was made because the ferocious amounts of radiation beneath the reactor rendered robots sent to assess the damage useless. Scientists first found concrete, steaming from the heat of nuclear fuel below it. It was then that they saw the lava - a molten mixture of portions of nuclear fuel, fission products, structural materials from the affected part of the reactor, and molten concrete called corium.. Scientists now knew that much of the fuel had escaped the reactor in this manner. It had accumulated in a room beneath the reactor until it reached the edge of the relief valves, then migrated downward to the Steam Distribution Corridor. The corium also flowed to several other places, like the Steam Distribution Channels and Pressure Suppression Pools.
Uranium content in the corium is easily identified in the photos above by its yellow color. The 4th photo is of the notorious Elephant’s Foot.