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  • 100 Years of Fatima: Sixth Apparition of Our Lady [Miracle Sun, Part I]

    10/14/2017 3:09:08 AM PDT · by topher · 39 replies
    EWTN ^ | EWTN
    During the night of 12-13 October it had rained throughout, soaking the ground and the pilgrims who make their way to Fátima from all directions by the thousands. By foot, by cart and even by car they came, entering the bowl of the Cova from the Fátima-Leiria road, which today still passes in front of the large square of the Basilica. From there they made their way down the gently slope to the place where a trestle had been erected over the little holm oak of the apparitions. Today on the site is the modern glass and steel Capelhina (little...
  • 30 Years After The Disaster: Ukraine Plans Huge Solar Farm In Chernobyl

    08/09/2016 3:06:31 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 11 replies ^ | 09-08-2016 | Irina
    Energy independence, especially if you don’t particularly like the country you currently depend on, is a very strong motivator for the adoption of renewable energy. Ukraine has recently become a great case in point, after the announcement that it planned to turn part of the uninhabitable zone around the Chernobyl power plant into a large-scale solar farm. Chernobyl, the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in the history of the world, cannot be used for much: farming is impossible, as are most other productive human activities. But there is a lot of sunshine in the area, which can...
  • Story of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in Numbers 30 Years Later

    04/25/2016 7:26:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS via Daily Sabah ^ | April 25, 2016 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they're still unknown. A look at numbers that hint at the scope of the world's worst nuclear accident, the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986: — More than 2 billion euros ($2.25 billion): The amount of money being spent by an internationally funded project to build a long-term shelter over the building containing Chernobyl's exploded reactor. Once the structure is in place, work will begin to remove the reactor and the...
  • Belarus ignoring risks of farming near Chernobyl?

    04/25/2016 5:50:54 AM PDT · by goodwithagun · 27 replies
    AP via CBS News ^ | April, 25, 2016
    On the edge of Belarus' Chernobyl exclusion zone, down the road from the signs warning "Stop! Radiation," a dairy farmer offers his visitors a glass of freshly drawn milk. Associated Press reporters politely decline the drink but pass on a bottled sample to a laboratory, which confirms it contains levels of a radioactive isotope at levels 10 times higher than the nation's food safety limits.
  • Terrorists have the 'means, knowledge and information' to create a nuclear bomb warns UN atomic…

    03/25/2016 8:43:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:38 EST, 25 March 2016 | Imogen Calderwood
    Terrorists have the “means, knowledge and information” to create a nuclear bomb, the head of the UN atomic watchdog has warned in the wake of the Brussels attacks. The warnings of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano come just days before world leaders meet for an important summit against “nuclear terrorism”. “Terrorism is spreading and the possibility of using nuclear material cannot be excluded,” Mr. Amano told AFP. “Member states need to have sustained interest in strengthening nuclear security.” […] “Dirty bombs will be enough to [drive] any big city in the world into panic,” Mr. Amano...
  • Wildlife is thriving around Chernobyl since the people left

    10/07/2015 7:00:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 10/07/2015
    Wolves are seven times as common in the Chernobyl area than they were (Image: Sergey Gashchak) The site of the world’s worst nuclear accident is now a wildlife haven. The abundance of large animals around Chernobyl, such as deer, elk and wild boar, matches that of nature reserves in the region – and wolves are seven times as common. Some 116,000 people fled the radioactive fallout from the reactor after it exploded in 1986, and another 220,000 were resettled after that, vacating a zone covering some 4200 square kilometres split equally between Belarus and Ukraine. “Whatever negative effects there are...
  • Nature thrives in Chernobyl, site of worst nuclear disaster

    10/05/2015 8:35:15 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-5-2015 | KATE KELLAND
    Oct 5 - Some 30 years after the world's worst nuclear accident blasted radiation across Chernobyl, the site has evolved from a disaster zone into a nature reserve, teeming with elk, deer and wolves, scientists said on Monday. The remarkable turnaround in the area, which was declared a permanent no-go zone for people after the accident in 1986, suggests radiation contamination is not hindering wildlife from breeding and thriving, but underscores the negative impact humans have on populations of wild mammals. "When humans are removed, nature flourishes - even in the wake of the world's worst nuclear accident," said Jim...

    04/29/2015 10:32:29 AM PDT · by McGruff · 30 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 29 Apr 2015
    Emergency services were battling on Tuesday to prevent Ukraine’s largest forest fire since 1992 from spreading towards the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said. Earlier, the interior ministry had warned that high winds were blowing the fire in northern Ukraine towards Chernobyl, where in 1986 a reactor fire led to the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
  • The Woman Who Ate Chernobyl's Apples

    04/22/2015 7:10:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 135 replies ^ | Dan Nosowitz
    For the past couple of years, a young woman known only as “Bionerd23” has been making strange, dangerous videos in and around one of the most infamous nuclear zones on Earth—the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Nothing is too radioactive or risky for her. She has shown herself getting injected with the radionuclide technetium, eating radioactive apples from a tree in Chernobyl, being chased by a possibly rabid fox, and picking up fragments of the nuclear plant’s reactor fuel with her bare hands. When a freakishly large catfish appears on camera, she calmly explains that it’s probably not a mutant—“They are just...
  • Forest Fires Threaten New Fallout From Chernobyl

    04/07/2015 11:39:40 AM PDT · by McGruff · 13 replies
    The new York Times ^ | 4/6/2015 | RACHEL NUWER
    On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine released a plume of radiation that eventually blanketed an estimated 77,000 square miles of Europe and Eurasia. While the worst of the contamination occurred near the plant — an area still closed to human habitation, now referred to as the exclusion zone — the effects are still seen further afield as well. Radioactive wild boars roam German forests, and radioactive mushrooms grow in Bulgaria. Now, an international team of experts warns that Europe could receive fresh doses of Chernobyl radiation from forest fires.
  • Chernobyl: Containing the world's worst nuclear accident

    03/19/2015 9:19:36 AM PDT · by golux · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 03.19.15 | D. Shukman
    Rising above the scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident is the spectacular sight of the largest moveable structure ever created on land. The complex of nuclear power plants at Chernobyl has dominated this corner of northwest Ukraine for decades but the new construction towers over it all. The project is to build what is called a New Safe Confinement – in effect, a giant cover, a kind of dome, to fit over the building that houses the reactor that exploded on 26 April, 1986. The radiation immediately above the reactor is still far too intense for the new enclosure...
  • Fun With Conspiracy Theories: Did the Chernobyl Disaster Cover Up Something Even Worse?

    01/28/2015 8:03:06 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    newsweek ^ | 1/27/15 at 2:17 PM | Alexander Nazaryan
    Even after the fall of the Soviet Union, the 14,000-ton military radar installation in northern Ukraine, near the border with Belorussia, has remained a mystery to outside observers, largely because it sits right next to the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station, where a reactor meltdown in the spring of 1986 rendered the surrounding area uninhabitable for the next, oh, several thousand years. Then again, a nuclear wasteland is just the sort of thing to attract a jaded 21st century tourist who doesn’t want to hear about your wild week on Phuket, and the Exclusion Zone has recently seen a drastic increase...
  • Inside Chernobyl (2012)

    11/29/2014 6:26:45 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 43 replies
    A short film based on current conditions in Chernobyl & Pripyat.
  • Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany

    09/02/2014 6:27:12 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 31 replies
    UK Daily Telegraph ^ | September 1, 2014 | Justin Huggler
    Twenty-eight years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, its effects are still being felt as far away as Germany – in the form of radioactive wild boars. Wild boars still roam the forests of Germany, where they are hunted for their meat, which is sold as a delicacy. But in recent tests by the state government of Saxony, more than one in three boars were found to give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for human consumption. [snip]
  • Soldiers of the Chelyabinsk Chernobyl

    04/15/2004 11:34:59 PM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 6 replies · 239+ views
    From 100 Worst Catastrophies (Sto Velikikh Katastrof), "Veche" Moscow 1999 pp394-398
    At the end of September, 1957, there was an explosion in one of the most secret facilities of a "city without name". This was kept classified for over thirty years, and was known but to a few who had been in the region during the catastrophy. Nowadays the name of the secret city is known - Chelyabinsk, and the facility where the explosion occurred - Mayak, which at the time was known only by the cover name Chelyabinsk-40. Later the birthplace of the Soviet Union's first nuclear activities was renamed Chelyabinsk-65, and nowadays is known by the name of Ozersk....
  • The women living in Chernobyl's toxic wasteland

    11/09/2012 10:25:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    uk telegraph ^ | 6:30AM GMT 08 Nov 2012 | Holly Morris
    Hanna was among some 1,200 returnees, called 'self-settlers’, most over the age of 48, who made their way back in the first few years after the accident, in defiance of the authorities’ legitimate concerns. For despite the self-settlers’ deep love of their ancestral homes, it’s a fact that the soil, air and water here in what is now known as the Exclusion Zone, or Zone of Alienation, are among the most heavily contaminated on earth. Instead, she and her neighbours were relocated to a hurriedly constructed housing project outside Kiev, on land where many people had died in the 1930s...
  • Japan's food radiation limits set too high: Belarusian scientist

    10/13/2011 3:34:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Japan's food radiation limits set too high: Belarusian scientist TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A visiting Belarusian scientist, who has offered advice to residents affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, said Wednesday that he believes Japan's food radiation limits have been set too high and urged the nation to lower them to realistic levels. Vladimir Babenko, deputy director of the Belrad Institute of Radiation Safety in the former Soviet republic, told a press conference in Tokyo that he cannot understand the thresholds designated by the Japanese government for food and beverage products, saying they are much higher than Belarusian standards. Babenko...
  • Radiation in Japan: Chernobyl-Affected Trees from Europe Sold in Japan?

    08/08/2011 9:49:06 AM PDT · by ransomnote ^ | Aug 6, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    From the blog of Dr. Bin Mori, Professor Emeritus at Tokyo University Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences;SNIP "I want to tell you how some European countries have been disposing the trees that were contaminated by the fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear accident 25 years ago. Japanese timber trading companies started to buy Norway Spruce [Picea abies, also commonly called European Spruce]- "whitewood" - from Germany, Finland, and Sweden in great quantities, and the import continues to this day. "Compared to Japanese Cedar, Norway Spruce has less knots, whiter color-tone, and best of all it is cheaper than Japanese...
  • Radioactive mushrooms contaminated in Chernobyl disaster seized at British port

    06/12/2011 9:51:31 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 13 replies · 1+ views ^ | June 11, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A ton of mushrooms containing ten times the safe level of a radioactive metal has been seized and destroyed by health chiefs. The Bulgarian consignment of dried wild mushrooms is thought to have been irradiated by caesium 137 from the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine 25 years ago. It was found by a UK Border Agency team looking for illegal immigrants and impounded before it reached the shops. Levels of radiation are measured in becquerels. The EU sets a maximum limit for caesium 137 in food of 600 becquerels per kilogram – double the level in Japan. But the amount of...
  • Patriarch Kirill Calls Chernobyl Disaster 'Divine Retribution for People's Sins'

    04/28/2011 5:45:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/27/11
    Kiev, April 27, Interfax - Human sins were the reason why the disaster happened at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. "The sin that has infiltrated human nature and pushes people to commit mistakes for the sake of achieving sinful goals. A horrible error was the cause of the Chernobyl disaster," the Patriarch told the believers assembled for the liturgy at the Kiev Monastery of the Caves on Wednesday. "God could have stopped the hand of the operator who made the horrible error while operating the reactor. God let it happen. And many...