Chernobyl 25 Years…The World Remembers   8 comments

 

Remember Chernobyl 1986-2011–World’s Worst Nuclear Disaster

Remember Chernobyl 1986-2011

The world marks a quarter of a century since the world’s worst nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in the Ukraine.

Ceremonies were held around the world on Tuesday 26 April to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. But haunted by a strange, eerie resonance and fears over the safety of atomic energy sparked by the Japanese earthquake -created troubles at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear.

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The Japanese in placing the disaster on the maximum Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the same level as Chernobyl prompted further public fear with almost cosmic timing. reactor with the resulting radiation leak it is an event the world is unlikely to forget.

A service was held by Russian Orthodox, Patriarch Kirill, in the Keiv region in the early hours of Tuesday, striking a bell at 1:23 am – the time the explosion happened. This formally marked the start of the Remembrance Ceremonies.

Raven and exclusion zone radiation warning  Deserted ghost city of Pripyat_inside the exclusion zone Exclusion zone radiation warning signchernobyl_openpit

The explosion sent a plume of radiation across Ukraine, Belarus, western Russia and other parts of Europe in 1986. Two workers died in the explosion and twenty eight other rescuers and staff died of radiation exposure in following months. Between 1986-1987 five thousand rescue workers (liquidators) were sent in to clear up the Chernobyl plant, and to decontaminate surrounding areas. Many were not fully aware of the scale of the disaster or the true risks of their exposure to such high levels of radiation.Hundreds received radiation injuries, while thousands of cases of child thyroid cancer in the region may be linked to Chernobyl. Tens of thousands were evacuated and fears still remain and the verdict is still inconclusive on the damage to human health.

 

For some mothers the memories of “bubbling and foaming” bright yellow puddles are still vivid, whilst children born years later are reminded by their cancer-ravaged bodies. In Belarus which received about 70% of the radioactive fallout thousands of children have been treated for cancers. The stricken Fukushima Daiichi has re-lit their fears and they are horrified. They have been through it and wish for no-one else to suffer in the same way.

 

                                     memorial to workers who died trying to contain the radiationTo those who saved the world_Chernobyl 1986 

 

He (Patriarch Krill) then went out to the affected zone to hold an Easter Service at a chapel in the Chernobyl settlement ,to which Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made an unprecedented visit alongside Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, to mark the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident.The two men attended a commemoration ceremony at the recently (December 2000) shut-down nuclear power station itself where a reactor exploded in 1986.

Tribute to Chernobyl disaster–Sleeping Sun–April 26 1986

 

Mr Medvedev made his first visit to Chernobyl for Tuesday’s commemoration. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko did not take part in events at Chernobyl.

Russian President 1st visit to Chernobyl_ April 26 2011

“The crisis at the Fukushima DaiIchi Plant reminded humankind that we shouldn’t relax” ~ Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

“The events of this day showed that nobody, no matter who they are, can be assured of their safety….and the recent events at Japan’s Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant only confirmed this bitter truth.” ~ Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukowich

 

Mr Yanukovych also stressed the need for global co-operation in nuclear safety, saying: "Chernobyl was a challenge of planetary dimensions. The answer to this challenge can be provided only by the world community." Soviet engineers encased the damaged reactor in a temporary concrete casing (sarcophagus) to limit the radiation but the existing sarcophagus is dilapidated and could leak. Or even worse collapse altogether triggering a large scale radiation release, consequently a new shield is now needed. A donor conference in Kiev, Ukraine, last week raised 550m euros (£486m; $798m) of the 740m euros needed to build a new shelter and a storage facility for spent fuel. The new containment shelter large enough to encase an area the size of “Madison Square Garden” and should be able to completely enclose the old casing and the Chernobyl Reactor 4 by 2015.

 

Chernobyl disused reactor_enclosed in a concrete and lead sarcophagus_In the foreground is a memorial to workers who died trying to contain the radiation

They also placed the first stone of a monument to clean-up workers and laid flowers at another monument. Officials unveiled a monument dedicated to victims from Belarus.

Officials unveil monument 

Mr Medvedev has called for new international rules covering safety at nuclear plants. Such rules would permit the "necessary" development of nuclear energy, he said.

"Today, I sent proposals to [world] leaders… aimed at guaranteeing the necessary development of nuclear energy in the world while preventing at the same time catastrophic global consequences [of accidents]," Mr Medvedev said in remarks as he stood in spring sunshine in front of the hulk of the disused plant, according to Reuters. He did not specify what the proposals were.

Chernobyl's Reactor No 4_enclosed in a concrete and lead sarcophagus

Soviet officials held off reporting the accident for several days, and Mr Medvedev said the disaster had taught nations of the importance of telling the truth to their people. "The duty of a state is to tell the truth to its people. It must be acknowledged that the [Soviet] state did not always behave correctly," he said." In order for such tragedies never to be repeated we must all be honest, we must provide absolutely exact information about what is going on."

Call for honesty

The call for honesty was welcomed by some 3,000 Chernobyl victims who joined a memorial service at a monument in Kiev. They complain that benefits packages for workers made ill by participating in the clean-up have been cut in recent years.

The crisis at Japan’s Fukushima plant has triggered renewed protests over the safety of nuclear power.

image People light candles placed in the form radioactive symbol in Kiev, Ukraine

The legacy of Chernobyl will be remembered for much, much longer than anyone would wish. According to estimates this area of Northern Ukraine will be uninhabitable for at the very least, decades, if not centuries.

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8 responses to “Chernobyl 25 Years…The World Remembers

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  1. The time is long over due for us to concentrate on clean, renewable energy sources; solar, wind, wave and stop depending on fossil fuels that pollute the environment. Nuclear power is relatively clean, until there is an accident such as these and the one that occurred at Three Mile Island in 1979 but there is no safe method for disposal of spent nuclear fuel.

  2. it only confirms to me that this is something man is not equipped to use, nor ever may be. not with the risks that go with it.
    beautifully written, wolfie my dear.
    k☼

  3. last week we saw on tv the kids of Tsjernobil.
    So sad to see what the explosion created.Misformed babies
    left by their parents. When the journalists went to another psych orphanage i could not handle and had to stop watching.
    I hope that ppl in Japan will be informed of the fact that they dont put kids on this world.
    And go away from that awefull place that government says its not that bad!!!
    go and run
    MJ

  4. This is another well written and well researched blog our wickedly fine Icywolfy great friend, indeed a documented piece of history that should never be forgotten about.

    I think that with the recent Nuclear Reactor failures in Japan we could only imagine what the long term results would bring, however with your most excellent efforts at educating us all with the Chernobyl accident back in 1986 we can soon begin to realise the terrible consequences of using Nuclear Reactors.

    The very real dangers that are present have once again shown us that Nuclear Power is highly unstable and extremely dangerous, not only to life of Earth but to the entire Planet…

    Thank you Icywolfy for showing us the realities of using Nuclear Power, something that unfortunately we all take for granted and do not fully appreciate the high levels of risk involved. It is only through education and a clear vision of what the future may hold that we begin to take notice of what is really happening around us, so let us hope that lessons have been learnt through this ongoing crisis…

    Have a fine rest of evening now Icywolfy of the Icy Realm…

    Androgoth XXx

  5. Thank you for this reminder and informative post Woolfie. Every nuclear power plant presents a long term problem and with all the sciences they still haven’t worked out how to handle this dangerous commodity in a safe manner, mainly because it isn’t safe at all. Even without these accidents and disasters, nuclear power leaves us with forever poisonous and harmful remnants that will leave their trail of pollution for generations to come. How unfair and inconsiderate towards our grandchildren is the mess we leave behind. Surely in this modern day and age there must be alternatives to provide our energy needs and keep us in the comforts we have become accustomed to. If it wasn’t for the greed of some uncaring and power hungry individuals, I am sure we would all enjoy ‘clean’ energy already.

  6. Very informative post Wolfie, hard to decide, whether Atomic energy is worth the risk, but it is a reliable source of power, if nothing goes wrong. Wind power does not work as well, plus I think destroys the beauty of the countryside. If only another source of energy could be found.

    rosemarymonteith
  7. You have put alot of work into this Post Wolfie, and 25 yrs my goodness, I remember hearing the news on the Radio when I was at work, as the cloud of Toxin Radiation came across to The Shores of Scotland and Wales.. ..
    To be honest Wolfie, I do not Like Nuclear Power Stations, We do not understand how to get rid of the waste and dumping it in concrete will eventually errode or break, and then what.. Plus we have dumped more waste of one kind or another into our Oceans.. Pollution is what Mankind is good at, living within his environment and respecting Nature, he has much to learn .. And I fear Time has all but run out for him.. As he makes his last ditch efforts to clean up this planet, much to late.. And then they only do what doesnt Cost them in dollars and Pounds Sterling, as they still put Profit before the Environment.. For there are Alternative Cleaner Energy out there.. But these Big corparations hold the strings and still make the Puppets Jump up and Down in their respective Governements..
    Ok.. LOL… I’ll get down from my Soap Box now.. LOL>. have a great Day.. Dreamwalker

    • Man does most certainly have much to learn…and the sooner the better! Time as you have said “has all but run out for him…”

      Thank you for taking the time to wander the paths of the Europan Icy Realm and take the time and interest to comment🙂 All visitors to the “world of ice” are always very welcome. You have a great day too and may you walk always in dreams of wisdom and inspiration…guided by the Great Spirit🙂

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