chernobyl 20 year anniversary

April 26th, 2006

Chernobyl

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster happened on April 26, 1986; the day before my twelfth birthday (although I don’t remember it at all of course, I was too busy riding my bike and fighting with my little brother to notice).

A ghost town remains, and this crazy broad rides her motorcycle all around that mess and takes pictures. I recommend taking the tour.

(While we’re talking about cool pictures of abandoned places, check these out too, House review, ovulation tests.)

So what can you do? Well, the least you can do is check out some Chernobyl porn.

9 Responses to “chernobyl 20 year anniversary”

  1. Carrie says:

    Yeah when I heard today was the disaster’s annaversary I immediately thought of that chick. And the video we saw in 9th grade science of the people they ran through it, piling things on top of the hole to try to cover up the core. They were each given something like 19 seconds to run through and get out. I think they all died. I also think they were likely nonvoluntary participants in the clean up. Most effective anti-Soviet propoganda I’ve even seen. But really, would we have any better recourse if it happened here? At Yankee Rowe, for example, which has just been given the governmental OK to run at something like 133% capacity?

  2. Jason says:

    Isn’t Yankee Rowe shut down? I thought it was closed in the early 90s.

  3. Ben says:

    Rowe Elementary school was top notch when I went there… take a guess why. Carrie’s thinking of Vermont Yankee, which has just been given the thumbs up to uprate… right across the Connecticut river from where I live now. That reminds me, where did I put that potassium iodide pill they send us annually?

  4. buddy says:

    Apparently there’s some feeling that the crazy broad’s story was (mostly) a hoax:
    http://www.uer.ca/forum_showthread.asp?fid=1&threadid=8951

  5. Carrie says:

    Yes. Yes, I must have been thinking of Vermont Yankee. Either that or I am on some sort of crack cocaine.

  6. Jason says:

    I lived in Collegeville and Reading, PA for a while; and commuted 422 into King of Prussia many times. There is this one part, coming over a hill, where you can see these two gigantic nuclear cooling towers. They are enormous, and visible for miles. They are in Limerick, PA.

    http://misheli.image.pbase.com/u37/iamarika/large/39460543.LimerickSunset.jpg

    I was actually quite amazed by them, to me they were even beautiful (the engineer in me coming out).

    Of course I must admit, since we lived within the 50 mile “KILL ZONE”, some crazy worries did cross my mind from time to time – especially after giving birth to our third child. (plus, we moved to PA in October of 2001…)

  7. sean says:

    i want some crack cocaine!

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