Reuters (emphasis added): Forest fire threatens Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear zone… Earlier, the interior ministry had warned that high winds were blowing the fire in northern Ukraine towards Chernobyl… international experts warned that a large amount of dangerous isotopes remained in the forests near Chernobyl, which could be spread by forest fires.
Interfax: Arson attack . . . → Read More: Massive fire ‘dangerously close’ to Chernobyl plant: Just 3 miles from nuclear waste — Official: “Risks are high” — Evacuations underway — Experts: “Smoke is heavily contaminated… could see dispersion of very significant component of original radiation”; “Capable of spreading great distances” (VIDEO)
Reuters, Dec 30, 2014: Ukraine denies radioactive leak on Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant — Ukrainian authorities denied on Tuesday a report in pro-Kremlin media… Life News newswire published documents which it said came from Ukraine’s emergencies ministry and showed that a leak at the power plant had led to a spike in radiation over the . . . → Read More: TV: Documents reveal radiation spike at world’s fifth largest nuclear plant — Reuters: Officials “could not comment” if documents are authentic; Report says radiation levels measured at 16 times gov’t limit after leak (VIDEO)
AP, Dec 29, 2014 (emphasis added): One unit of Ukraine’s Zaporozhiya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has been taken offline… State nuclear power company Energoatom says the unit was disconnected… to prevent internal damage to the generator. It did not give further details, but said radiation in the area is within acceptable . . . → Read More: “Emergency shutdown” at one of world’s largest nuke plants — Local Official: “Radiation is 14 times higher than acceptable norm” in area; Warns of Chernobyl-type disaster — Gov’t: Levels are “within acceptable limits”, incident is under investigation — Second accident at plant this month
Bennett Ramberg, U.S. State Department policy analyst in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs under President George H.W. Bush, Apr. 14, 2014: [...] Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind [than Chernobyl,] the possibility that the country’s reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion. [...] Ukraine’s parliament [called] . . . → Read More: Former US Official: War in Ukraine could cause disaster worse than Chernobyl and Fukushima — Situation “calls for far greater global concern” — Multiple scenarios result in meltdown — Foreign Minister: “Potential threat to many nuclear facilities”
CNN, Jan. 30, 2014: [Leonid Kravchuk, Ukraine's first President after it became independent] addressed a special parliamentary session aimed at seeking a way out of a deepening political crisis. [...] “Let’s be honest, the situation is dramatic. Both Ukraine and the world recognize the country is on the brink of civil war,” Kravchuk said.
. . . → Read More: BBC: Ukraine “on brink of civil war” — Gov’t: Threats to blow up nuclear plants; Facilities on high alert after seizure of energy ministry (VIDEO)
Title: Local program helps children receive treatment years after Chernobyl Source: KING 5 News Author: MITCH PITTMAN Date: June 25, 2013 at 4:44 PM h/t moxnews
For most of us, the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster is history. But the reality is its effects linger for thousands still living around the site, which will be . . . → Read More: Seattle TV: Children now sicker than ever from Chernobyl disaster — Contamination to go on for centuries to come — Many with heart and digestive problems (VIDEO)
Title: At Chernobyl, Radioactive Danger Lurks in the Trees Source: Scientific American Author: Jane Braxton Little and The Daily Climate Date: June 24, 2013
At Chernobyl, Radioactive Danger Lurks in the Trees For 26 years, forests around Chernobyl have been absorbing radioactive elements but a fire would send them skyward again – a concern . . . → Read More: Scientific American: Up to 1 million eventual deaths estimated from Chernobyl exposure — Sweden, Finland, others concerned about risk of forest fires near disaster area
Title: Ukraine to cover collapsed Chernobyl roof with special resin Source: Xinhua Author: Thomas Whittle Date: April 24, 2013
Ukraine will cover the collapsed roof of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant with special resin to prevent the spread of radioactive dust, a senior nuclear safety official said here Tuesday.
“As soon as the weather . . . → Read More: Officials trying to stop nuclear material from spreading after collapse at Chernobyl — Will be covered with ‘special resin’
Source: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident, Day 1 Author: The Helen Caldicott Foundation Date Presented: March 11, 2013
Presentation slide from Timothy Mousseau, Department of Biological Sciences, University South Carolina: “Note lack of decomposition”
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Watch Mousseau’s full presentation . . . → Read More: Photo: Dead radioactive trees not decomposing
RIA Novosti, March 2, 2013: A temporary cover will be built above the collapsed section of Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant, the chief engineer said late on Friday. [...] Chernobyl NPP technical director and chief engineer Andrei Bilyk said the temporary cover was recommended by experts who visited the plant last week, and that the . . . → Read More: Experts discuss domino effect of further collapses at Chernobyl… not ‘expected’ — Officials say temporary cover has to be put over holes in roof and walls
AP, April 26, 2000:
The United Nations released a new assessment of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear meltdown Tuesday, saying the worst health consequences for millions or people may be yet to come. [...]
“Chernobyl is a word we would all like to erase from our memory,” said U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a foreword.
. . . → Read More: 3 million children require treatment because of Chernobyl, many will die prematurely -U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2000
Title: Wildlife in Chernobyl: Debate over mutations and populations of plants and animals in the radioactive fallout exclusion zone Source: Slate Magazine Author: Mary Mycio Date: January 21, 2013
Do Animals in Chernobyl’s Fallout Zone Glow?
[...] Whenever I tell anyone about my encounters with Chernobyl wildlife, the questions are always the same: Do . . . → Read More: Magazine: Some plants were glowing after Chernobyl and researchers found countless examples of monstrous mutations — Claims wildlife now considered healthy
Title: Chernobyl radiation unaffected after heavy snow causes partial roof collapse, Ukrainian officials say Source: AP Date: February 13, 2013
[...] Chernobyl plant spokeswoman Maya Rudenko [...] said the affected area is about 50 meters (165 feet) away from the “sarcophagus,” a shelter built shortly after the 1986 disaster to contain radiation emanating from . . . → Read More: Chernobyl workers evacuated from site — Roof collapse was 50 meters from reactor’s sarcophagus — Soundness inspection underway (PHOTOS)
Title: Roof collapses at Chernobyl nuclear plant: Ukraine Source: Agence France-Presse Date: February 13, 2013 7:45 EST h/t Anonymous tip
Roof collapses at Chernobyl nuclear plant: Ukraine
A section of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has collapsed under the weight of snow [...]
“The preliminary reason for the collapse . . . → Read More: Roof collapses at Chernobyl nuclear plant — 6,500 square feet — “Partial failure of the wall slabs” (PHOTO)
Title: Containing Chernobyl: the mission to difuse the world’s worst nuclear disaster site Source: Wired UK Author: Andrew Hankinson Date: Jan. 3, 2013
Containing Chernobyl: the mission to difuse the world’s worst nuclear disaster site
“There are always hurdles, there are always surprises. Whenever we dig here we run into stuff — old cranes, . . . → Read More: Wired: Workers find nuclear fuel when digging around Chernobyl — “During the initial clean-up, radioactive material had simply been buried”
Title: Pr A.Yablokov and Pr C.Busby on Fukushima victim estimations Uploaded by: radioactivebsr Date: April 6-8, 2011 Description: Interview by an unidentified Austrian radio reporter h/t Nuclear_Problem
Prof. Alexey Yablokow, PhD, Centre for Russian Environmental Policy, N. K. Koltzoff Institute of Developmental Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences:
9,000 additional deaths from cancer, nothing more . . . → Read More: Death toll estimate from Chernobyl now around 1.5 Million -Expert (VIDEO)
Title: Giant 100-meter sarcophagus constructed at Chernobyl nuclear plant (PHOTOS, VIDEO) Source: RT Date: Nov. 28, 2012
The milestone first stage of the new sarcophagus for Chernobyl’s nuclear power station has been completed. The unique construction to safely contain the radioactive emissions of Chernobyl for the next 100 years will be ready by October . . . → Read More: Footage of new giant sarcophagus at Chernobyl — Still nowhere near dealing with corium over 25 years later — Storage area for fuel debris not yet built (VIDEO)
August 18, 2012 post by Noro Mika, chairman of Bridges to Chernobyl, translated by Fukushima Diary:
I didn’t know how serious it (radiation exposure of sexual organs) can be until I actually went to see the medical situation in Belarus.
I didn’t know how risky it can be to let children play sports or . . . → Read More: NPO Chairman from Japan: I saw girls who changed to be boys when visiting Chernobyl area
Atomic Age Symposium II: Fukushima, May 5, 2012 – Session II Published: August 22, 2012 Published by: University of Chicago
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Jeffrey Patterson, MD, Physicians for Social Responsibility board member: Chernobyl today is still a mess [...] The levels of cesium in the soil have stayed the same, and in some areas . . . → Read More: Physician: We don’t know what’s happening — Cesium levels in soil not going down after Chernobyl, some areas have gotten even higher (VIDEO)
Title: Chernobyl’s radioactive trees and the forest fire riskSource: BBC NewsAuthor: Patrick EvansDate: 6 July 2012 at 20:30 ET [...]
Chernobyl Forestry Enterprise is now planting small new pine stands which it plans to harvest in 80 years’ time. But there are serious problems with the rest of Chernobyl’s extensive pine plantations.
Pine damages . . . → Read More: Expert on BBC: Like setting off a nuclear bomb in Eastern Europe? Fire fears for dying radioactive tree plantations around Chernobyl
Chernobyl and After CBC Uploaded: June 6, 2012 Uploaded by: sugminbajstolle
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Irina Makovetzskaya, Journalist (Voice-over Translation):
With the results of his research [Yury Bandazhevsky] succeeded in reaching international public opinion.
But his opinions contradicted the official position of the President of the country who said everything is just fine . . . → Read More: Journalist: Gov’t said to have practiced “a kind of genocide” by not protecting citizens from radioactivity after Chernobyl (VIDEO)
Michio Kaku: “Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives By the Year 2100″ Feb. 23, 2012 Audio Credit: KPFA’s Flashpoints, May 9, 2012 broadcast
More from Kaku: Michio Kaku on Spent Fuel Pool No. 4: People don’t realize it’s on a knife’s edge — Near the tipping . . . → Read More: Michio Kaku: “The Chernobyl core is still melting into the earth” — May yet hit groundwater and create steam explosion (VIDEO)