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Old 6th April 2004, 12:59 PM   #1
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Default Riding the ghost city

Riding through Chernobyl:

http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/ki.../chapter1.html

I know this has nothing to do with audio, but that's why we have an off-topic forum.

Enjoy, if you can.
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Old 6th April 2004, 01:17 PM   #2
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Erie, tragic, stunning.

Thank you for this link. I hope it stays alive.
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Old 7th April 2004, 12:27 AM   #3
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Hi,

Never seen anything like it....There simply are no words for this.

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Old 7th April 2004, 02:57 AM   #4
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Wow, this must be bookmarked
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Old 8th April 2004, 01:04 AM   #5
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Yes I agree, highly recommended reading and viewing (of the
photos). Not only does she have interesting and important
things to tell about Chernobyl, both now and then, but she
is also a very good writer, I think, combining a cynical view
on past events with a still optimistic view of the future of the
area. Incidentally, I think there was a program about this
on swedish television just a few days ago but I missed it,
or didin't quite realize what it was about, which I now regret.

I can hardly believe it is already almost 20 years since this
happened. Since Sweden was probably the first western
country to detect something was happening and it took
quite some time until we know exactly what has happened
it was a somewhat scary time until the thruth got out and
the situation was under control. Incidentally, it was first
discovered here by measuring increased levels of radiation
outside a swedish nuclear plant, and they started looking
for leaks, but found that the radiation inside the plant was
much lower than outside. As far as I know, some areas in
the north of Sweden are still rather contaminated so it is
recommended to minimize the intake of berries and reindeer
meat from those area.
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Old 8th April 2004, 01:32 AM   #6
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Hi,

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I think, combining a cynical view on past events with a still optimistic view of the future of the area.
To my mind this picture strikes me as a good example:

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Old 8th April 2004, 01:54 AM   #7
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Hi Frank,

Yes, there are many good photos, both as documents and
from an a more artistic point of view, however, I think most
of the strongest things are still in what she tells and in how
she tells it. She has quite a talent for writing, I think. Like
the story of how the inhabitants of a residential house went
up on the roof to get a better view of the spectacular "light
show" over the plant, and then they were all dead within
a few days. It is also interesting to read about how aware
she is of the risks she are taking and how careful she is to
minimize them. Sha takes a risk, but she has a respect for
and understanding of it.
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Old 8th April 2004, 02:16 AM   #8
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I find the pictures interesting and write-up well organized.

As someone in the industry back then, I think the incident and the 3-mile island incident have long-lasting impact on our energy policy, for decades to come.

As one of the cleanest sources of energy, nuclear power plants never regained their glory after the double blow. i read somewhere that for like 20 years the US has not built a single nuclear power plant.

Instead, we concentrated on oil and natural gas (later). and kind of put us in a position we are in today.

people never understood what nuclear reactors meant, not to mention how they differ from a nuclear bomb. after those incidents, the general public set their eyes on gettind rid of nuclear power at any cost.

Well, they got more than they bargained for.
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Hi Christer,

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Sha takes a risk, but she has a respect for and understanding of it.
Certainly. I wouldn't have a clue about how dangerous such a trip would actually be.
However, she respectfully thanks her father, a nuclear physicist, for the information he passed on to her so she could safely undertake the trips.

I can't even begin to understand how hard it must be for someone like herself to be confronted with what to my mind is the pinnacle of human failure.

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Certainly. I wouldn't have a clue about how dangerous such a trip would actually be.
However, she respectfully thanks her father, a nuclear physicist, for the information he passed on to her so she could safely undertake the trips.

I can't even begin to understand how hard it must be for someone like herself to be confronted with what to my mind is the pinnacle of human failure.
She seems to keep an eye on her dosimeter all the time and
calculate with the risks, but I would personally hesitate to
expose myself voluntarily to any such unnecessary risks.

Interestingly, she does seem to have a very mixed view on
all this. On the one hand she does heavily critisize what
happened back in 86 and how it was handled by authorities.
On the other hand, she also seems to enjoy the very special
environment this has created in the zone, and I think I can
understand that fascination. It would be tempting to follow
her on a tour there if given the chance, but on the other hand,
I would probably be so worried about the radiation that I
wouldn't enjoy it. (Please note, that when I say "enjoy" I
do not mean I would consider it like a fun park or something,
but just that I think it must be a very special feeling to
experierience such a place).
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