Chernobyl on wheels?
Green organisations calculated that the convoy was carrying 3.9 billion billion becquerels of radioactivity, equivalent to that of Chernobyl. The analogy is frightening but misleading! This level of radioactivity is inside the convoy, not escaping from the wagons. According to measurements by safety authorities, a trackside militant standing 2 m from the train as it passes by at low speed (with the convoy assumed to take 5 minutes to move past the militant) would receive the equivalent of one day's natural background radioactivity. At a distance of 20 m this equivalent amount would fall to a quarter of an hour.
6 novembre 2010/REUTERS/Vincent Kessler