Reports came in early on Monday informing the world about missile strikes having fallen at a distance of 300 meters (0.2 miles) from the reactors of the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant, the second-largest in Ukraine.
Reactors have not been damaged and are working properly.
No one has been hurt.
In my recent conversation about the situation at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant with nuclear energy expert Mark Nelson, he told me that PWR reactors – which Pivdennoukrainsk has three of – don’t blow up and that the buildings around the reactors are built in a way that can withstand constant shelling. The containment domes around the plant are 1.2 meters (4 feet) thick (concrete & rebar steel) and are meant to withstand forces from the in and outside.
It is true, however, that, if we really wanted, we (humans) can destroy just about anything. It’s not impossible for radiation to come out of Pivdennoukrainsk Nuclear Power Plant. However, that’s not likely at this point.
Russia’s goal is also not to release radiation as they would be negatively impacted by that, too. They are targeting Ukraine’s infrastructure.
Beware of alarmist articles seeking your attention and trying to frighten you.