Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Chernobyl Accident: 25 years later...

It has been 25 years since the worst nuclear disaster the world has ever seen. I won't get into what happened, but it wasn't good. In fact, reactor 4 is still leaking radiation as we speak and will continue to for thousands of years. A huge dome (taller than the Statue of Liberty) is planned to be built and cover the reactor, but work on that project has yet to begin. Watch a video about it here.

I stumbled upon a fascinating website that goes into detail exactly what happened and has pictures from Chernobyl today. Obviously, it remains completely abandoned since the accident.

I love an old abandoned hotel or mental hospital, but to see an entire city abandoned 25 years after an accident of this proportion takes the creep factor to a new level. Here are a few from the website, www.reactor4.be.

The reactors.

Left behind.

Completely abandoned...still.

Nature taking over.

Apparently radiation can mess you up. This puppy born after the accident has 8+ visible legs.

There are many, many more pictures on the website reactor4.be. Check them out. It's pretty fascinating stuff, mainly because I still can't understand what radiation is or how it messes you up. Scary stuff.

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