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Alternate History Thursday: Chernobyl

The first, and still, most dangerous and deadly nuclear accident revolves around the Chernobyl power plant in the Ukraine.  Many things can be said about the accident, but I’m about to dive into an alternate theory on what caused the terrible disaster.  Yes it will be outlandish.  Yes it will be crass.  Yes, it won’t make sense.  But come on, do you really expect anything less of me?

It’s common knowledge how nuclear power works, but I’ll go over it real quick like for you.  The heat given off by decaying radioactive elements is used to heat water into steam which in turn turns electricity producing turbines.  For the purposes of this story, that is all you need to know.

Every nuclear power plant on the planet has two purposes.  Their primary function is not to generate electricity, it’s to house the worm-hole generating machinery that was discovered and invented in the early 1950s.  Soon after the Roswell N.M. incident of 1947, scientists working for the United States government cracked the propulsion of the alien drive, inside it was a worm hole generator.  To most people this would be an earth shattering discovery, and it was.  But what was laying on the other side of that wormhole was beyond anyone’s imagination – even mine.

Depending on the power supplied, the dimensions, and location of the generated worm hole changed.  Naturally, that makes sense the scientists thought.  What they couldn’t figure out was where in space that worm hole went.  Every “drone” sent in had it’s cable severed in under a minute, barely enough time to pass back any sort of readings, let alone a photograph.  Eventually, someone stuck a mirror on a pole through.  This allowed us to see what was there.  It was phenomenal.  The worm holes opened up into what looked like earth, or a representation of earth.  After a few years, scientists managed to stabilize the field and send and retrieve data.  Now we were cooking with gas.

We had a stable wormhole into the past, present, and future.  No it wasn’t a perfect representation of what was going on, the many-worlds theory was very much at play, but we had access.  And with access came abuse.  And with abuse came disaster.

You see, the wormholes were stable, but the people on the other side, not so much.  Unless you were content with the destruction of the world on the other side, you could only keep the wormholes open for about 6 months at a time.  After that the natural habitat of the other world started to take over and invade.  This is what happened in Chernobyl.

Based on the levels of radiation pumped into the wormhole, an equal amount of radiation would be radiated back into each world.  On our side we absorbed that radiation and used it to power “nuclear plants.”  This wasn’t the most efficient use of it, but it was the perfect cover up.  On the other side, since it was mostly primitive, the radiation leaked into the world.  In our reality we have a good understanding of what radiation does to the planet.  On these other worlds it was anyone’s guess.

The Soviets misinterpreted the intelligence they stole from U.S.  We wouldn’t have a wormhole open for longer then 6 months ever, but sometimes we closed them earlier when we figured out there were problems.  The Soviets thought we were just being cautious.  They left the Chernobyl wormhole open for nearly 18 months before disaster struck.  You see, in the world they opened to, the surplus radiation provided by the wormhole acted as an accelerator.  Massive radiation storms soon engulfed the planet.  These storms fed into the wormhole (it’s a two-way street you know), and the plant at Chernobyl wasn’t able to handle the excess.  Because the wormhole was getting radiation from both sides now, it was nearly impossible to close in a conventional way.  Instead about 2 dozen people had to go through the wormhole and set up giant shields.  This went on for months.  Men and equipment would bring fresh earth, concrete, and water through the wormhole in an attempt to shield the wormhole from the natural radiation of the planet.

Ironically, this worked too well, and the radiation from our side reflected back onto ourselves.  This is what overloaded the Chernobyl plant.  This is what caused the meltdown.  In a panic, the Soviet scientists cut the cord, trapping the men on the other side, and causing the containment vessel to explode.

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