Chernobyl Fallout Map
These pictures were achieved by carefully copying the Chernobyl
fallout patterns, available from several websites, onto a map of
Those fallout patterns are correctly scaled. The confiscated, closed
zones extend 160 miles away from the Chernobyl plant. That is almost the
distance that downtown LA lies downwind from Diablo.
I rotated the Chernobyl fallout patterns around so that the worst
fallout fell towards the direction of LA. This is reasonable since any
bad guys would wait for favorable wind conditions so damage was
maximized. Further justification may be found in Diablo's public
document repository (Cal Poly Library) which states that the wind flows
towards LA 34% of the time.
In a Chernobyl-level incident, 5 or 20 mile exclusion zones are
woefully inadequate. However, the controversy is whether a
Chernobyl-level incident could ever happen in California.
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