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    Default Chernobyl - a wildlife haven. Would you go?

    Chernobyl is an absolute miracle. Edged vividly in my memory, Iím always all ears when something pops up on the subject. Most probably the first major global disaster to be broadcasted on tele as events unfolded.

    Those of you that were around will recall it happened over a weekend 26 April 1986. At the time my dad said that will be the end of Russia and most probably the rest of east Europe.

    Russia did fall four years later and vast populous were evacuated from the exclusion zone but what followed over the next 3 decades no one would have imagined.

    Would you visit the area if you could? Last year over 55000 visitors was amazed by the very unique scenes that greeted them:

    https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2...-disaster-zone

    Perhaps a bit cynical, but is this type of disaster what is needed for nature to survive?
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    I have a morbid fascination with Chernobyl, have read and watched pretty much everything I could get my hands on about the subject.

    It has for a long time been a destination that I would love to visit.

    HBO has a new series about the events of Chernobyl looking forward to it.

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    I thought one of the reactors were still running and generating electricity?
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    Default Re: Chernobyl - a wildlife haven. Would you go?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Ranger View Post
    I thought one of the reactors were still running and generating electricity?
    Stopped producing electricity in the year 2000

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zapiture View Post
    Perhaps a bit cynical, but is this type of disaster what is needed for nature to survive?
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    I remember watching a documentary on the disaster area, it was broadcast in the uk 2012, very interesting people just left as though popping out to the shops, their animals that survived went ferrel, parked cars were just abandoned in a lot of cases in case they were radio active, I personally would love to visit as I am sure it must be safe now, is it not ?
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    Then you will love the HBO series Chernobyl...

    We've watched the first 3 already and cannot wait for the final 2... Helped me a lot to forget about the terrible final season of Game of Thrones...

    Since we started watching the series I've also done some reading on the station.

    Ironic there was a partial meltdown in 1982 already on reactor 1... Then also a fire in reactor 2 in 1991... Cyber attack in 2017 that affected the radiation monitoring system and took down the power plant's official website

    Funny how nature works, I've also read that some birds have managed to survive on some areas around the plant by producing more antioxidants, such as glutathione, to help mitigate the oxidative stress


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    The negative effects of radiation is a myth invented by the same people that invented the global warming and HIV myths.

    A weeks tour of the area will cure you from any residual cancer that you don't even know you have and protect you for the rest of your life.
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    I would give up everything in my life (Possibly wife and kids too) just to visit it
    I want to see Chernobyl 2 aswell
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    Also read and watched quite a bit of content on Chernobyl. Very interesting how the place and wildlife have survived there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinBravo View Post
    I would give up everything in my life (Possibly wife and kids too) just to visit it
    I want to see Chernobyl 2 aswell
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    Unfortunately only partly true. I'm also very interested in the topic, and are also all ears when something pops up

    Recently watched a documentary on the various wildlife studies going on in the exclusion zone. Some species seems to adapt, while others suffer. If I remember correctly the larger animals (horses, etc) struggle. Their numbers are dwindling with lots of abnormalities seen.

    I would really want to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinBravo View Post
    I would give up everything in my life (Possibly wife and kids too) just to visit it
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    That is the Duga Radar installation.

    Also known as the Russian Woodpecker, radio operators could hear it all over the world as tick tick tick sounds randomly being transmitted.

    This formed part of the Soviet Unions Early warning system for USAs ICBMs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takashi View Post
    That is the Duga Radar installation.

    Also known as the Russian Woodpecker, radio operators could hear it all over the world as tick tick tick sounds randomly being transmitted.

    This formed part of the Soviet Unions Early warning system for USAs ICBMs
    Radio hams still curse that damn thing flattening our comms. Even here in SA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meh View Post
    I personally would love to visit as I am sure it must be safe now, is it not ?

    The half-life of uranium 238 is of 4.5 billion years, while uranium 235 has a half-life of 'only' 700 million years.
    Quote from the inter webs, but I know that U238 and U235 don't decay overnight. So my guess is that if you cannot contain the radiation, you may face some issues.

    Interestingly, I attended a talk by Scott Kelly last week who spent a year in space in the ISS. He said that he had the equivalent of 10 chest x-rays a day as a lot of the higher energy waves pass straight through the space station skin.

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    I am also fascinated by this, and would go for a short visit.

    Wouldn't like to spend more than two or three days there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    Radio hams still curse that damn thing flattening our comms. Even here in SA.
    Yeah it must have been a pain for HAMs all over the world.

    7 - 19 MHz with a 40kHz bandwidth

    Transmission power up to 10MW is insane....

    Imagine the PA's required to transmit 10MW.

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    This is what we saw unfold on the weekend of the 26 April Ď86:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc-vvhWXL9Q

    Almost unthinkable that today animals roam the streets.

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    Default Re: Chernobyl - a wildlife haven. Would you go?

    definately on my bucket list
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    Thanks for sending this. I asked permission to post.

    Radioactive wolves of Chernobyl:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2Op2ZIg4JxE

    Fascinating stuff.

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