Chernobyl–The Land of Wolves   23 comments

image Howling in the land of wolves


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.



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.


“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

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


Chernobyl 1986-2011–World’s Worst Nuclear Disaster

“Howling in the Land of Wolves…”




Posted September 3, 2011 by europasicewolf

23 responses to “Chernobyl–The Land of Wolves

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  1. Oh this is sad and so beautiful at the same time…the photos explain it all. I love the Raven above the sign…LOL Wolves are so precious. I was so frightened when the eastern US was facing Hurricane Irene and they spoke of so many Nuclear Plants that could be affected…it is insane! they have continuilly tried to put Nuclear Plants in my state and we fight it…along with the Nuclear waste from many countries including England and Italy. I get so fired up over these things. As you can tell my friend, it sickens me. I love how you write of such tragedy and keep others aware of the injustice to the animals and nature in general.

  2. Welcome to The Land of Wolves, eagle eyed Raven! These pages don’t show as posts so far as I recall so your visit was a very well received surprise thanks! I am not at all sure that people in general DO want to be kept aware of such injustices, I think they would in general rather forget.But it’s not an issue that’s going to go away and this approach offers a less “in-the-face” option for those who are less inclined to bury their heads in the sand, ignoring what is essentially a global legacy.

    It was a frightening prospect as to what could have happened with those N-reactors facing Hurricane Irene. I was keeping a weather eye on the online reports re their status. Very worrying. This time they held out…nature spared them…but if it hadn’t…That is indeed a dread thought Feathery Raven.

    Re raven: the post it is sitting on,stretching its wings is inside the 30 km (18 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the village of Babchin. The sign reads: “Radiation hazard”.

    To echo your words, “To a better way!” x 🙂

  3. It is true my friend they do not show up in notifications. I once wrote a blog to announce and give a link to my readers of a page Desert Journeys, I had added. I thought that might get people to notice them. It is slow around here at times I do get discouraged. I think it may be how I write.
    Thanks for letting me know what it read….poor Raven or any critter who lives there. What have we done? What have we done?
    I think even though i am not a Scientific like you, I care deeply for our beautiful home…I hope others will awaken to finding and acting on solutions, before it is too late. Rx 😀

    • Don’t be discouraged. I have heard many speak of similar issues so you are not alone, and it isn’t because of the way you write. You have a beautiful way with words, both in your blogs and in your comments 🙂 It’s been very glitchy on here of late with all W/P’s updates that still need ironing out. For example, today even, if I hadn’t added email notifications for blogs, with the problems the reader’s having of late I wouldn’t even have known about half the blogs that have been posted over the last 24 hrs! There’s also those who find themselves trying to write comments against the same coloured backgrounds as their font colours which can make the task of commenting near impossible! so take heart. We have ebbs and flows in blogging world 😉 Bit like men really! lol 😉 If you look on your dashboard for your widgets (somewhere around the theme etc section) there is a widget that lets you display a list of your “Pages” in the blog’s. sidebar which may help if you want to advertise them a bit more! People don’t always trust links in blog posts so sidebar ones may work better 🙂 x

    • Re: “What have we done?…” We were born to overcome, Raven! And one day we WILL find a better way! But in the meantime…We have played with fire and got burnt…we do not understand enough about nuclear science or our N-reactors, or how to dispose safely of radioactive waste. We are still children in this field that have believed we are knowledgeable adults. We Howl in the Land of Wolves as the enormity of the damage we have done with that which we do not fully understand, becomes tragically apparent to us, tearing at the voice of reason, driving us into the heart break of the radio-active exclusion zones where we have only the chittering of the Geiger counters at our backs…where we can voice the call of our consciences…where we can “Howl in the Land of Wolves”… But where we can also remember “We were born to overcome!” Wolfie hugs 🙂

  4. Hello there! I’m nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award. The post will go up tomorrow around 4:00 pm CST (U.S. time). Talk to you soon!

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    • Oh Tail Wagging Icewolves!! Such an awesome mention 🙂 And from such a cool blog/ger too! Thank you AirportsMadeSimple 🙂
      This theme doesn’t show details on the page unlike some of the other themes but it shows in my “comments” section…so…”Long live and prosper in the Airports of the World”.. AirportsMadeSimple! HoooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooWWWWWWWLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

  6. I love your pictures. They’re wild & free. I can’t believe it’s been 25 years since Chernobyl. Incredible. Time… oh, time, wherefore art thou time?

  7. Thank you 🙂 26 years now…and still the sound of silence fills the air in Pripyat – the ghost town nearest the Chernobyl plant, where the workers lived. And compared to how long the land will remain contaminated and uninhabitable to humans 26 years is a very short space of time….

  8. I’m glad there’s at least one place the wolves are not being hunted down and slaughtered. By the time this country figures out what’s been done, it will be to late to change it.

  9. HooOOOooOOWWWWwwwLLLLLLooooooo Anna! Thank you for calling into the icy world of Europa 🙂 Where mankind fears to tread the world of wildlife comes alive and thrives…nature claiming back the land for its own…The Land of Wolves…

  10. What a powerful post! And the pictures are amazing. There was a piece on the BBC recently about the return of the wolves to the Chernobyl area and to some extent it was portrayed as the power of nature triumphing over the folly of man. It was even depicted as the most extraordinary and unexpected wild life park on the planet as other wild life returns to an area that man can no longer live in, and even appeared to be thriving and showing no ill effects from the radiation.

    Wishful thinking or not???

    But the footage of the wolves was incredible as are your photographs here.

    Thanks for sharing
    Corinne at soulsnet

    • Hi Corinne 🙂 Thank you! And thank you for the great content in your comment…Chernobyl is a subject very close to my heart…the Exclusion Zone is such a haunting and heartbreaking world in so many ways it cannot fail to touch you and change you inside. I did a post a while back re “wolves returning to The Zone, though I haven’t seen the TV programmes. But I have subsequently heard about them. (Don’t have TV!!) Im not sure about no ill effects though – their bones show major radioactive contamination! Ill effects tend, if they’re going to appear, to show in future generations so time will perhaps tell. Wildlife in general does show some signs of mutation but perhaps not obviously enough to be noticed too much. And of course many are internal and cannot be seen without specialist equipment.

      I’m including links to a couple of earlier posts that may be of interest to you…no obligation to follow them up of course! But just in case 🙂

      • Thanks for the links. Will follow them through. And thanks for the info about Chernobyl. I thought it was too good to be true. But that’s the BBC for you!

        Good to know there are people who are speaking their truth.

      • The truth is that most people do not want to know the truth! As with Japan and Fukushima people would much rather forget all about it and move onto other more titillating tit bits of scandalous news…brush it all under the carpet and it will all go away…or will it?!!

  11. What man chooses to forget and erase from history, we are doomed to repeat as the lesson has not been learned.

    • Thank you for your visit Dianna! you are always very welcome here. And im just a yes…I think your words are a painfully true observation of the harsh reality.
      I hope it wasn’t too hard work reading this post! I have recently changed the background and many posts prior to that are no longer laid out in the best reading fashion unfortunately! 🙂

  12. It is a very powerful and compelling layout. One can’t help but look through all of it, which is great as nothing will be missed!

  13. I saw a programme last year about the wilderness near Chernobyl.. and how the wild life were making remarkable strides at surviving.. We have much to learn about the longer lasting effects such disasters have upon our health in the future.. And who is to say that some of the cancers we are seeing escalating are not the longer term results of fall out from the H bombs and testing’s done in the past.
    As usual a thought provoking post Wolfie..
    Love and Hugs xxx Sue

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