Charles Choi's dispatches from Chernobyl

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  1. bombjack says:

    If you are interested in pictures of Chernobyl please have a look to http://elenafilatova.com/index.html with some Chernobyl photo reportages

    bombjack

  2. holtt says:

    Oddly I was just playing the 2007 game Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl. It’s set in an imagined Chernobyl wasteland with a good mix of science fiction (mutants, odd anomalies, etc.). It was so odd to be paying this game while on the other computer, events in Japan were playing out.

  3. a_user says:

    good info – especially on the contaminants.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Good try Maggie.

    If the concern is long-term effects, Chernobyl is THE example. (Also worse than Japan)

    The Iodine made you sick right away, the Plutonium has very little effect, so the long-term concerns are the Strontium, and especially the Cesium.

    Strontium is not well preserved in the environment over the long term (medium term is another issue) but Cesium is, and known to collect in vulnerable tissues.

    But like dosage, vector matters. In oder:
    Inhaled
    Serous
    Cutaneous
    and the most serious there now:
    Fallout-> Groundwater-> Plants-> Humans
    In short, the worst meltdown in human history (due to the dumbest sort of human error and poor management) has still probably done less damage than an average coal plant. Priorities, people!

    But a lot of the western public has bought the nuclear power = nuclear bomb rhetoric. They equate Nagasaki with meltdowns, and that’s the end. Never mind that a Nagasaki-traumatised Japan *built* those things, for good engineering reasons.

    • Anonymous says:

      The “engineering reasons” were soundly criticized from day one. They were built for political and (faulty) economic reasons. The agency responsible for the nukes has a long history of deception of the public. Plutonium has very little effect? A particle in the lungs WILL cause cancer.

      These plants were a disaster waiting to happen. The catastrophe is not even close to over. The cost to replace the power and mitigate the damage will cost much more than was ever gained by building the plants. That’s the fatal flaw of nukes. Accidents may be rare but their rarity does not make up for the damage caused when things go wrong.

    • travtastic says:

      I forgot that we were talking about coal-fired power plants.

  5. Anonymous says:

    “These four materials escaped from the explosions to varying distances…”

    Is this about Chernobyl or Fukushima? I’m confused.

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