April 26th, 2006

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Crappy anniversary

Many not realize this or it may not have occurred to anyone lately but today, April 26th, 2006, recognizes the 20th anniversary of the disaster at Chernobyl. I've been reading up on it tonight since I discovered the below link at BoingBoing.net but in short, the accident was caused by design flaws in the reactor, insufficient safety regulations & lack of adherence to those provided, poorly trained personnel, inexperienced management & a poorly timed experiment. The resulting explosion(s) released over 400 times more radiation than the atomic bomb the US dropped on Hiroshima.

I have found a photo-essay that documents the ongoing human impact of Chernobyl on those who survived, their children, and the extended communities around them. It is very real & frightening evidence that we, as humans, do not know what the fuck we are doing when it comes to power we cannot control. However, I do not fear for my race because I know we are already doomed by our own hands. I only fear for my loved ones & hope they never have to experience within their lifetimes first-hand the horrors our incompetent species is capable of.

- E V I L O U T -

Update: More links:

Google Video from 1986 of the still-glowing reactor core

Photo gallery of reactor #4 wreckage, diagrams & masses of "fuel-lava"

Archive of photos in evacuated areas & some vintage video

Photo of a woman dramatically mutated by radiation from Chernobyl
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