April 05, 2004

600 Years

That is one estimate of how long it will be until the area around Chernobyl will be safe for humans again. Take a ride through the "dead zone", with Elena . A photo essay showing the abandoned area around Chernobyl reactor site. It’s coming up on the 18th anniversary of that tragic day and the aftermath that claimed upwards 300000 lives and consigned many more to a life time of sickness and disease.

Thanks to Armed Liberal at Winds of Change.

Posted by Pete at April 5, 2004 10:03 PM


Thanks for that Elena link, Pete. Other than that, I'm speechless.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at April 5, 2004 11:37 PM

You're welcome, it was spooky enough reading it, hard to imagine what it must be like to see it in person.

Posted by: Pete at April 6, 2004 07:06 AM

It appears that the people with the most courage were the first to die here. Maybe that is true everywhere.

Posted by: Jennifer at April 6, 2004 08:32 AM

"....people with the most courage were the first to die."

Are they being given too much credit? I ask because Elena notes in the heading of one of her photographs (a fire engine as I recall) that they.i.e., the firemen, pilots, etc, didn't know what they were getting into. "They thought they were fighting an ordinary fire."

Posted by: Jim Long at April 7, 2004 02:04 PM