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Amazing story of a chick travelling around Russia on a ZZR1100, all round Chernobyl..

EXTREMELY interesting... Heaps of AMAZING photos.. You cant imagine travelling thru a city that had 80,000 people living in it that is now a ghost town.. still with laundry hanging on lines and stuff..

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:39

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:39
This would have to be the most eye opening site on the disaster I have seen.
There are 26 pages on the site.
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From Page 1.

1960-1970th has been a time of a great nuclear enthusiasm. With such slogans as- "atom is our friend".. they were building atomic plants here and there, like starling houses and then in April 26, in year 1986 a guy named Akimov pushed wrong button and launched the biggest nuclear catastrophe ... Akimov was jailed for 14 years and as it was in tradition with soviet justice, they put in prison all other people that worked on that day shift with no matter who was guilty and who was not..... In theory radiation will stay in Chernobil area for the next 48.000 years, but in reality first people must start to populate those area already in some 300- 900 years. This is when the most dangerous elements will dissapear. If government will find money to finance our science, then, I suppose there will be someway discovered to neutralise or clean up this area sooner, otherwise we will have to wait this 900 years untill radiation will evaporate by itself

The Disaster in my Memory (from the web author)

In Ukrainian language Chernobyl is a name for a grass, wormwood (absinth) This word scares holly bejesus out of people here. If I tell someone that I am heading in a "dead zone"... you know, what I hear.. In best case- "are you nuts?" My dad used to say that people afraid of a thing which they can not see, can not feel, can not smell and that kills. Dad is nuclear physicist and he also says that of all dangerous things in my life, he can only think about one, which is riding my bike on fifth or sixth gear. In any way, dad and their team work in "dead zone" for last 18 years. They doing researches from the day when nuclear disaster happened. The rest of guys in a team are microbiologists, doctors, botanists.. etc. I was 7 years old back in 1986 and in a few hours after accident happened dad sent us with sister off with the train to Grandmother. Granny lives 800 kms from here and dad wasn't sure if it was far enough for us to stay away of troubles. Communists kept silence about this accident. In Kiev, they forced people to take part in their stupid labor day parade and then people start learning about accident from foreign radio, from relatives of those who died and real panic began in 7-10 days after accident. Dad says, that in those first 10 days exposure to radiation was the most powerful and can not even be compared with what we have now

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Here is something from the last pages.

kindergarten
it is time for author of this page to thank everyone who read this and to say goodbye, I will leave some more photos of kindergarten, they won't need comments, they speak for themselves, there are hundreds of children gas masks all over the place and diary of a teacher is interesting read, it always opened on page where last note tells that their walk on Saturday has been canceled due to some unforeseen contingency.
26th April 1986
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:54

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:54
Truckster, what a chilling site to ponder. Well found, and very different.

Thanks
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Follow Up By: Rojac - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:59

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 22:59
Deja vu, its like I read it just recently.
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Reply By: Member - StevenL - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:09

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:09
Yeah Truckster, pretty spooky.

What happens when 80,000 people just get up and leave!

She is pretty game going to the reactor but they are great photos. (She is pretty as well!)

Steven
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:18

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:18
Yea Just talkin to John on ICQ, this chick knows her stuff too. Very well researched about everything.

I would say that that site is the one that has affected me the most ever on the net.

400,000 people dead, some were on top of the units in the photos lookin at the "GLOW" above the reactor... little did they know.. :(

yea she aint bad eh!! The TV Screen in the motel looks real!
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:35

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:35
Steven, it's bl**dy harsh and hugely awakening.

What a gutsy presentation too from a woman I have to admire, though must question the term of her future with the level of radiation she must absorb.
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:35

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:35
The TV set had me going as well until I realised there would be no electricity, after all it was the poer plant that was the problem!!!

Seriously though, that many deaths - hard to believe it has been 20 years.

Steven
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:55

Friday, Mar 26, 2004 at 23:55
Doesnt seem anything like 20 years...

I suppose Ive never seen the effect it had that close up before.

Personally I never think of Russia as a seriously enhabitted place so much, I dont know, always thought of Russia as "DIFFERENT"...Everyone is so poor, andbleep.
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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 00:12

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 00:12
Thanks Truckster........Very interesting.....A sad reflection on man's stupidity
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 00:58

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 00:58
Then in April 26, in year 1986 a guy named Akimov pushed wrong button and launched the biggest nuclear catastrophe ...

Akimov was jailed for 14 years and as it was in tradition with soviet justice, they put in prison all other people that worked on that day shift with no matter who was guilty and who was not.....

In theory radiation will stay in Chernobil area for the next 48.000 years
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Reply By: Member - Allan - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 01:57

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 01:57
Interesting stuff Truckster. How many people have had good poke around in Wittenoom - WA's ghost town ?? That was an interesting place to explore before the government started to demolish the town. The mill remains as it was left all those years ago and it was quite freaky seeing coffee cups still on the tables as they were left when the mine closed down. I have not been there for years but I intend to go back for another look and ponder. Anyone know whats left of the town now??
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Reply By: Dave from Fraser Coast 4WD Club - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 09:48

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 09:48
how's this then.

"The reason such information is needed is nowhere more obvious than at Chernobyl itself, where another nuclear accident could occur. Danger is increasing in what's left of Reactor 4 -- commonly called "the sarcophagus."

The concrete tomb encasing the reactor hasn't held up. And some believe it's a threat to the world. Forty tons of radioactive dust have accumulated inside. And there's a pressed slab of uranium and concrete that some believe could lead to a chain reaction, causing a more powerful explosion than the original one."

Taken from
1996 CNN story

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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 14:04

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 14:04
Chilling and amazing as well, how lucky is the guy that went fishing !!
A brave and very intelligent woman.

Thank's Truckster i've printed out for the family to read.

Baz.
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 16:26

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 16:26
Truckster that was amazing thanks.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 17:43

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 17:43
For those interested that site has had 60,000 hits since 10am this morning...

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 21:51

Saturday, Mar 27, 2004 at 21:51
I just went back to the site, and was 100,000 visitor!

Thats just Nuts!!! 6 mins later it was up another 470 hits..

Wish I ahd that many hits!
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 06:53

Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 at 06:53
Truckster do you like getting hit were do we form the Q.

All the best
Eric
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