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Post  Lamplighter on Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:32 am

.... the Soviet built and controlled reactor at Chernobyl in the Ukraine erupted after a massive power surge. 31 people died but the human toll is far greater; children are still being born with defects attributable to the nuclear fallout.

RIP all those that died and my heart goes out to those who have suffered over the past 30 years, to those still suffering and to those who will also be victims in years to come. Lamplighter
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Post  Pedro Silva on Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:51 am

LL, your words are mine.
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Post  bb1 on Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:05 pm

The bravery of the firefighters and others who tried to fight the fire and leak, knowing it would kill them, was beyond heroic. Their behaviour was in stark contrast to the Soviet bureaucrats that tried to cover it up, while  radioactive fallout spread for thousands of miles.

There are one or two documentaries about the wildlife  in the area which is fascinating - some pics here:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/wildlife-chernobyl-exclusion-zone-bears-wolves-rare-horses-roam-forests-1477124



Some species have come back from the brink of extinction, which is rather odd, and why the site is so fascinating to scientists. If you notice, in that article, no-one is living there - officially. Some peasants did stay on, rather than leave their land.

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Post  Lamplighter on Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:16 pm

I watched this on AlJazeera yestreday evening - a babushka is a granny.   It's fascinating.   LL

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/2016/04/babushkas-chernobyl-160421072957590.html
(If this link doesn't work, then access AlJazeera Witness. I have a program on here that regulates videos).
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Post  bb1 on Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:28 pm

Ah, thanks, LL! You can see why scientists are so interested, can't you?

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Post  Lamplighter on Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:51 pm

bb1 wrote:Ah, thanks, LL! You can see why scientists are so interested, can't you?
Yes, and there are others probelms teo. My family carries Graves Disease (Hyperthyroid); I have a lot of relatives with this in various stages, from mild to severe. I had it as a child and my thyroid, or at least 90% of it, was removed. Remember President Bush and his wife were both diagnosed with it a few years ago? When the Chernobyl disaster happened I was sent for by a N London Hospital for thyroid tests with no problems found. If one has Graves then one's chance of getting RA and/or lupus are severely increased. LL
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Post  bb1 on Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:57 pm

A fair chunk of the fallout landed in Scotland, LL, and there is anecdotal evidence that thyroid problems rose afterwards.

How accurate that is, I don't know, I am no scientist.

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Post  Lamplighter on Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:59 pm

Lamplighter wrote:
bb1 wrote:Ah, thanks, LL! You can see why scientists are so interested, can't you?
Yes, and there are other problems too.  My family carries Graves Disease (Hyperthyroid); I have a lot of relatives with this in various stages, from mild to severe.   I had it as a child and my thyroid, or at least 90% of it, was removed.   Remember President Bush and his wife were both diagnosed with it a few years ago?   When the Chernobyl disaster happened I was sent for by a N London Hospital for thyroid tests with no problems found.   If one has Graves then one's chance of getting RA and/or lupus are severely increased.   LL
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Post  lily on Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:17 pm

How incredibly sad for everyone affected.  Crying or Very sad
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Post  bb1 on Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:14 am

http://stv.tv/news/features/1352014-chernobyl-30-years-on-how-nuclear-disaster-hit-scotland/

Impact on Scotland
Despite being nearly 1500 miles away, the impact of the disaster was felt in Scotland, albeit to a much lesser degree.

Radiation that travelled from the blast site and fell on the areas of the country led to higher than usual levels noted in water supplies, food and livestock.

The most affected areas were some hill land in the central belt, Dumfries and Galloway, Ross and Cromarty, Arran, and South Uist.

Restrictions were placed on a number of Scots farms affected, and they had to pass stringent tests for their livestock, mostly sheep, to be sold.

It took 24 years for the farms to be found radiation-free, and the precautions were lifted.

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