A deadly legacy should humanity disappear – a postapocalyptic scenario

Excerpt from my new postapocalyptic novel, the sequel to Two Journeys and Fields of Fire:

She and my son had been looking forward to giving birth, but it was not to have been. I had my suspicions why. The pandemic had not only caused the deaths of billions of people, so that only a few thousand or so had survived. Without humans, there was no maintenance, and so one by one all the machines had come to a standstill. Thus, the storage baths for the nuclear fuel elements weren’t cooled anymore, and the liquid had subsequently evaporated. Once that had happened, the uranium and plutonium rods of hundreds of reactors had overheated and Poof! Evaporated into the atmosphere. I shuddered at the idea, and hardly shared it with anyone; it would have a dramatic effect on humanity, on life on this planet, on each single one of us… I suspected that it may have caused my daughter in law’s miscarriage too.

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Without human activity, the nuclear fuel of a nuclear plant will explode and contaminate the atmosphere

2 thoughts on “A deadly legacy should humanity disappear – a postapocalyptic scenario

  1. It is a scary scenario, yet I am hopeful that most of the reactors will be switched off before the next accident.

    • Dear Wannapuk, I agree. The challenge is that in the western world it is almost impossible to build new nuclear facilities, as a result of which the lifespan of the current reactors is extended, which is, in my opinion, associated with considerable risk.

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