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The Chernobyl disaster (locally Катастрофа Чернобыля, Chornobyl Catastrophe) was a nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (officially Ukrainian SSR), which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central Moscow's authorities. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. It is considered the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster). The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles, crippling the Soviet economy.
Originally posted by David291
reply to post by JibbyJedi
I would rather know the truth and that is because I would be able to act upon it and so will others, taking measures to try and protect themselves etc and stop this type of thing happening AGAIN.edit on 1/9/11 by David291 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Essan
Apart perhaps for those living close by, Fukishima is nothing compared with the effects of the radiation from the sun and the rocks beneath our feet. Or, even, in some places, the consequences of excavating and burning coal.
The average annual radiation exposure from natural sources is about 310 millirem (3.1 millisieverts or mSv).
The nearby city of Prypiat was not immediately evacuated after the incident, for the general population of the Soviet Union was not informed of the disaster until Monday, April 28, 2 days later, with a 20 second announcement in the TV news program "Vremya". At that time ABC released its report about the disaster. During that time, all radio broadcasts run by the state were replaced with classical music, which was a common method of preparing the public for an announcement of a tragedy that had taken place. Scientist teams were armed and placed on alert as instructions were awaited.
Only after radiation levels set off alarms at the Forsmark Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden, over one thousand kilometers from the Chernobyl Plant, did the Soviet Union admit that an accident had occurred. Nevertheless, authorities attempted to conceal the scale of the disaster.
Originally posted by Pervius
I'd take pineapple off your menu's. Hawaii's got to be getting hammered with Cesium right?
The Belgian top-flight encounter between Germinal Beerschot and Lierse on Friday was halted by the referee after Lierse goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was taunted with chants about the Fukushima disaster.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw, but Kawashima, 28, left the pitch at full-time in tears, and spoke of his anger at the chants.
"I am prepared to forget about a lot of things, but not that. It is not remotely funny," he said.
Originally posted by MissPoovey
Now that we are informed, how can we as everyday people, mitigate our damages?
Will washing fruits and veggies help when the chemicals are inside the items? No
Quit drinking milk and water...not logical.
Stay inside when it rains, keep doors and windows closed.
What can we do if anything?
We need the governments to get this under control asap! The lies are business as usual, but are they doing anything we don't know about to help Japan? Which in turn helps everyone.
Thanks to everyone who has read this, aleast we are aware of why our loved ones may die from cancer in the years to come.
Smoke 'em if ya got 'em.