Breaking the news in Sweden

The last few days have been critical. Still there are 3 weeks remaining till my exhibition opens, but still a lot of work remains. This far I've also reached some dead ends. For example, I found it a good idea to dig out some old micro films of Swedish newspapers from late april 1986 and put them on display as a part of the exhibition, but as I yesterday went to the University Library of Gothenburg to perform this task, I found that due to the extremely badprint quality, this will not be possible. However, it was an interesting reminder for myself as well, to actually read the texts I haven't been reading in over 25 years again, and spending time in the archives was definitely worth it. Here, I'll share some of the results with you. 

Swedish Newspaper "Dagens Nyheter", Tuesday, April 29th 1986:

Reactor accident in Soviet

A serious accident, most likely a meltdown has happened at the Soviet nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, north of Kiev. The accident has caused a radiactive cloud that during the Sunday night and the Monday, spread over Scandinavia. 

Radioactive clouds all over Scandinavia

- The core is extremely damaged. The particles we have found shows that they have been exposed to very high temperatures, that can only be reached at nuclear meltdowns.

An initiated source tells DN this. 

By midnight, the radiation Protection Institute noted a slowly continued raise of the radioactivity in the air and on the ground. 

- At the present, we don't see that the radiation will decrease, says Torkel Bennerstedt, a spokesman for the RPI. This also means that the radiation keeps on leaking from the damaged nuclear power plant. 

The Soviet news agency TASS confirmed on Monday evening, that an accident has occurred. It's the first time that the Soviet government have admitted a nuclear breakdown. Differently from the breakdown in Harrisburg, U.S, large amounts of radioactivity has leaked out from Chernobyl. The reason is that the Soviet reactors are lacking of the solid "shell" that for example Swedish reactors have.

In many parts of Sweden, largely raised levels of radioactivity were measured during the Monday, but people's health is not at risk. 

The raised levels were first discovered in Studevik and the nuclear power plant of Forsmark, where 600 workers were evacuated. Many of the employees were very critical towards the evacuation process.

Energy minister Birgitta Dahl is however relatively pleased with how the Swedish security organization worked. Birgitta Dalh also turned to the Swedish embassy in Moscow to try to find out details about the accident. 

-It's important fo find out about the extent of the accident, and how large the risk may be for continued emissions. 

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