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The Chernobyl disaster

I was still living in Seattle.  Had a computer store and used to hang out at a coffee house popular with University of Washington people including members of their Physics department.  It took a few days for the news to break out - the first reports were of an unusualy high concentration of radioactive isotopes in the atmosphere.  Several of the labs at UW measured the cloud as it passed over Seattle.

The reactor design was seriously flawed - smaller versions were cheap to build and easy to run but larger versions were not stable.  Finnicky.

I really wish people would start building Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors - walk away safe, tons of known fuel reserves and the waste only needs to be sequestered for 400+ years.  Not 40K years.

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