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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Chernobyl Reminder: A Documentary.

Although the Fukushima nuclear disaster following the Japanese quake and tsunami isn't at the level of Chernobyl, I feel it would be beneficial to repost this documentary on Chernobyl and the dangers of nuclear energy. It's titled, "The True Battle of Chernobyl Uncensored. It's helpful to remind ourselves just what nuclear radiation can do to humanity and the environment:

May we all stay humble in regards to the human potential for unspeakable disasters.

PHOTO: Gas mask in the rubble at Chernobyl, suspended in time 25 years after the Chernobyl nuclear nightmare.
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It took me two days to get through this documentary. It is incredibly thorough and well-documented. Sobering, especially for me, since I grew up in Hiroshima while my dad did a 3-year study on the effects of radiation on children who survived the first A-bomb.

I remember my mother telling us about traveling across Russia via Trans-Siberian Railroad sometime after Chernobyl. It must have been very soon afterward because when the train approached Chernobyl the conductor(s) pulled down all the window shades on that side of the train and forbade anyone to look out--and passengers whispered among themselves that they had heard there had been a nuclear accident there.

I strongly urge anyone wishing to discuss nuclear power for war or peace to keep their opinions to themselves unless and until they have watched this film!

Anonymous said...

Now that's a really stunning documentary. Never seen footage like that before. After seeing something like this it's easy to say that real heroes exist !

Waiting for the next local anti-nuclear protest...

Marie @ Awakeatheart said...

I was watching the news this week where journalists were standing next to the chernobyl plant while holding radiation meters and looking at the levels of radiation spikes. Apparently it's now open for international tourists to enter the area for a day tour. Boggles my mind.

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