chernobyl power plant


On April 26, 1986, a power surge caused an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat, Ukraine. A large quantity of radioactive material was released.

On May 2, 1986, the Soviet government established a “Zone of Alienation” or “Exclusion Zone” around Chernobyl – a thousand square miles of “radioactive wasteland.” All humans were evacuated. The town of Pripyat was completely abandoned.

But the animals didn’t leave. And a new study, published this month in Current Biology, suggests they are doing fine. “None of our three hypotheses postulating radiation damage to large mammal populations at Chernobyl were supported by the empirical evidence,” says Jim Beasley, one of the researchers.

In fact, some of the populations have grown. These photos (mostly taken by Valeriy Yurko) come from the Belarusian side of the Exclusion Zone, and area called the Polessye State Radioecological Reserve. Kingfisher, elk, boar, baby spotted eagles, wild ponies, moose, rabbits, and wolves all make their home in the park. In some ways, human presence is worse for wildlife than a nuclear disaster.

Image credits:

  • 1986 Chernobyl - ZUFAROV/AFP/Getty Images
  • Wildlife photos - Valeriy Yurko/Polessye State Radioecological Reserve
  • Ponies in winter - SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Im desperately trying to find an explanation for radiation in the zones, but there just… is none. 

There is no kind of bomb that would cause nuclear fallout that lasts decades long that still remains harmful unless were talkin nuclear power plant meltdown like Chernobyl but the closet power plant to L.A in real life really isnt that close to be an issue for Battery City

Nuclear fallout doesnt really last long at all! In a few hours, intensity drops to 10% and after a week or two is just at 0.1% because it’s all used and burnt up on impact.

Like, Ive even looked at hypothetical bombs to create lasting radiation residual but it just doesnt work like that.

In short, there is no radiation in the zones or city, however, people that survived through the Helium Wars will have injuries and health effects from fission bombs


Chernobyl - 31 Years on

In the early morning hours of April 26, 1986, a series of human and mechanical errors led to the worst industrial accident in history. Reactor no.4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant went runaway and exploded. Nearby residents of Pripyat were evacuated, never to return as the exposed core burned for weeks and crews scrambled to contain the spreading radioactivity.

31 firefighters lost their lives in the immediate aftermath, but many thousands more would perish in the course of their duties as “Liquidators”, the 600,000 volunteers that toiled in the cleanup effort.

Just last year, the international billion-dollar New Safe Confinement was moved into place - a colossal covering for the decaying Sarcophagus that was erected in great haste following the disaster. The New Safe Confinement will keep radioactivity contained as final dismantling and disposal is carried out more than three decades after the explosion.

May we never forget.

The structure that was hastily built around Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant after the nuclear diaster is better known as the “Sarcophagus”. While its purpose was to contain the highly radioactive remains of Reactor 4′s damaged structure and core, preventing further release of radioactive materials into the environment, it is also a sarcophagus in a much more literal sense. It is the tomb of Chernobyl’s first victim on the night of April 26, 1986 - Valery Ilyich Khodemchuk.

Little is known about the fate of 35-year-old Khodemchuk. He was operating the pumps in the main circulating pumps engine room at the time of the explosion, which became inaccessible due to debris obstruction and the collapse of the structure. Some sensationalized reports say he may have been “vaporized” in the reactor explosion, but it is more likely that he was killed by fallen debris. His body was never found.

A memorial to Khodemchuk was erected in the Unit 3/Unit 4 ventilation block. The wall behind the memorial is all that separates one from the mangled, radioactive remains of Reactor 4; Khodemchuk’s grave.

From a quote published in Pravda, the Communist Party newspaper: “The fourth reactor became [Khodemchuk’s] grave and maybe someday it will be written that it is not the reactor that is buried there but Valery Khodemchuk.”

Photo source - Michael Kötter on Flickr, 2013


trydianth submitted

They finally got the NSC in place on CNPP!

And so, the old sarcophagus has finally been replaced, and the looming shadow of the Chernobyl power plant disaster can disappear, at least for the next 100 years. 

Hopefully, this will bring peace to the remaining liquidators, the people that made this New Safe Containment project possible in the first place:

Scribble-Doodle: Quagmire

A what-if parabatai ficlet set in 109 and branching away from the show canon. I was just full of parabatai feels, sue me!

“I don’t wanna be alive if we’re on different sides, Alec!”

That’s what Jace says and his voice’s desperate, pleading. He hopes to reach his parabatai who seems furious beyond reason. What’s happened to them? They’ve always bickered but this… this feel wrong!

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Chernobyl’s new containment building, the Chernobyl New Safe Confinement, currently under construction and scheduled to be finished in 2017, build as the old building, the sarcophagus, was deemed irreparable in the late nineties. 

This one is designed to last 100 years, which then would have to be followed by another building, as it will take centuries for the radiation to dissipate.