Midnight In The Desert — Chernobyl

Leaked Report Claims Soviet Fallout “Worse than Chernobyl”

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Leaked Report Claims Soviet Fallout “Worse than Chernobyl”

The nuclear disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima are regarded as the two worst nuclear disasters our planet has witnessed. While the Chernobyl meltdown was once regarded as the radioactive disaster on the planet, the fallout from the Fukushima disaster has recently been shown to spike at levels above those measured at Chernobyl. Now, terrifying leaked Soviet documents show that those disasters might be overshadowed by covered-up nuclear testing from the height of the Cold War and nuclear arms race. New Scientist has reported the discovery of Cold War-era reports which show that Soviet nuclear tests in 1956 at the infamous...

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Robots and Giant Sliding Dome Are Finally Sealing Chernobyl

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Robots and Giant Sliding Dome Are Finally Sealing Chernobyl

In the aftermath of the world's worst nuclear disaster in Chernobyl in 1986, which resulted in radiation that ultimately reached as far as Japan and the US, the Soviet Union slapped together a massive sarcophagus of metal and concrete as hastily as possible to contain further fallout at the site of reactor 4. With no welded or bolted joints and a leaky roof that led to corrosion "hastening its demise," it was never seen as a permanent solution, reports Live Science. Construction began on its enormous replacement, the New Safe Confinement, in 2012. Now French consortium Novarka is using 224...

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Animals Rule Chernobyl 30 Years After Nuclear Disaster

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Animals Rule Chernobyl 30 Years After Nuclear Disaster

Marina Shkvyria watches for animal tracks as she walks toward an abandoned village in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the area sealed to the public after a nuclear power plant exploded here 30 years ago, on April 26, 1986. Spotting one, she crouches and runs her finger over the toes of a wolf print in the loose sand. It may seem strange that Chernobyl, an area known for the deadliest nuclear accident in history, could become a refuge for all kinds of animals—from moose, deer, beaver, and owls to more exotic species like brown bear, lynx, and wolves—but that is exactly...

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Stop Wasting Time--Create a Long-Term Solution for Nuclear Waste

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Stop Wasting Time--Create a Long-Term Solution for Nuclear Waste

April marks the 30th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear power disaster, the explosion and fire at a reactor at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, in the former Soviet Union. It forced more than 300,000 people to flee and created a zone tens of kilometers wide where radiation levels remain hazardous to this day. A severe reactor accident is unlikely in the U.S. and other countries with safer facilities. But we face another danger that is in many ways more threatening than a meltdown: the steady accumulation of radioactive waste. The U.S. has dithered over this clear and present danger...

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