Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydroelectric Dam Failure
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RF Cafe - Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant destructionRF Cafe - Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant destructionNews of the catastrophic Russian hydroelectric power plant failure last August made just a brief appearance. On August 17, 2009, the Sayano-Shushenskaya dam on the Yenisei River suffered a breech that flooded the turbine room, causing at least 1 transformer explosion (see video) and extensive damage to all 10 turbines, destroying at least 3 of them. 74 workers are known to have died in the accident. 40 tons of transformer oil were spilled into the river. These pictures show the incredible magnitude of damage, and the seemingly insurmountable work that will be needed to clean up and restore the plant to operation.

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