A nuclear catastrophe in Ukraine would hit all of Europe hard. The Chancellery was probably warned of radioactive clouds over Germany.
Munich – In the Ukraine war, the Ukrainian military and the troops of Russian ruler Vladimir Putin are fighting heavy battles in Zaporizhia Oblast. Ironically, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe is located there. The entire world fears for the fate of the power plant. At the same time, the Kremlin is stepping up nuclear threats. A nuclear catastrophe in Ukraine would hit Europe particularly hard.
It is precisely this scenario that is apparently discussed at meetings in the Chancellery every Tuesday, according to a report by t-online portrays. Accordingly, the heads of the German intelligence services are presenting Chancellor Wolfgang Schmidt with maps that are intended to show the fall of atomic clouds over Germany.
War in Ukraine: Secret services present maps to the Chancellery – “nuclear clouds within 48 hours”
Much depends on the weather when the panel of experts assesses the nuclear risk. In particular, the wind blowing west in combination with a nuclear catastrophe would throw the entire north-east of Germany up to Scotland into a threatening situation, reported t-online with reference to relevant documents.
The documents of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection are loud t-online even gave a specific time frame: in the event of a nuclear incident in the Ukraine, radioactive clouds would sweep across the whole of Eastern Europe as far as Berlin within 48 hours. In 60 days of the year, this danger is particularly high due to the weather conditions. Four times a day, the Federal Office calculates the spread of possible atomic clouds after a precise assessment of every combat operation and every technical error.
Ukraine War: Atomic Clouds? – “Hazard analysis” by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection
According to internal documents of the Federal Office, a meeting on September 6th in the Chancellery was not only about the potential spread of atomic clouds, but also about the effects t-online. At the meeting with the heads of the intelligence services, the assessments revolved around Germany’s emergency system, which was introduced after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
The key word here is: “risk analysis”. After all, radiant particles from radioactive clouds would affect almost everything from rain to food production to baby food to dairy and agricultural products. According to the report, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection works every day to identify possible risks as part of this analysis.
War in Ukraine: Reactor cooling systems vital to Zaporizhia’s safety
According to the Federal Office’s files, whether the dreaded catastrophe in Zaporizhia will actually occur depends on the power supply of the nuclear power plant. According to documents from the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, some of the power lines that supply the reactor cooling systems were already damaged in the clashes in early September.
“Due to hostilities on 09/02/22, the connection of the last of the original four external main power lines was interrupted,” quoted t-online from the report of the Federal Office. Three reserve lines had also been “intermittently interrupted”. The safety of the largest nuclear power plant in Europe is therefore still on the razor’s edge. (bb)
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