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Chernobyl quiz answers

In Ukrainian villages, high fences surround most houses. 
Behind each fence is often chained a dog, trained to be 
submissive to its masters and vicious to everyone else.

Thanks to all who entered my Chernobyl quiz on Saturday. Jake DeWoskin, who I last saw in high school, wins the prize for submitting the first 100% correct answers:

True or False:
1. After the Chernobyl accident, soldiers shot dogs to prevent them from spreading radiation.

TRUE. Igor Kostin, the first photojournalist at Chernobyl after the accident, said this: “Our first priority was to save the people. As for the land and the animals, we contented ourselves with simple, drastic solutions. The gun for the dogs and cats, the shovel and the bulldozer for the land. These were our only weapons to fight radioactivity.” 

2. After the Chernobyl accident, conscripts removed radioactive debris using nothing more than shovels and wheelbarrows.
            TRUE. For liquidators, the most dangerous jobs involved tunneling under the melted reactor and cleaning the adjacent rooftop of reactor 3. With nothing but shovels and wheelbarrows, thousands of men removed chunks of nuclear fuel and graphite exploded from the reactor core. Radiation was so extreme that shifts were limited to one to two minutes. 

3. Thieves have stolen radioactive radiators from the Chernobyl zone to sell for scrap metal.
            TRUE. My friend Sasha Sirota, who runs the evacuee organization, knew that radiators were being stolen from Pripyat and they finally caught it on video here. How did the thieves get in? The only possible way is by bribing the Zone security.
4. Last month, a section of roof at the Chernobyl plant collapsed due to heavy snow.
            TRUE. This happened Feb. 12, 2013. Read the Ukrainian government report here. Though the collapse was apparently not dangerous, it hints at the general deterioration of the Chernobyl plant.

All TRUE. All these crazy things did in fact happen in Chernobyl. And believe me you, this list is only the tip of the iceberg.

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