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Chernobyl at 30: Thousands Still Living in the Shadow of Nuclear Disaster


Chernobyl at 30: Thousands Still Living in the Shadow of Nuclear Disaster

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

This Tuesday, April 26, marks 30 years since an explosion decimated reactor No. 4 at Chernobyl's nuclear power plant, killing 31 nuclear and rescue workers, sickening thousands more, and forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate.

Chernobyl was the worst nuclear disaster in history, exposing hundreds of millions of people in 40 different countries to at least some dose of radioactivity.

Its repercussions continue to be felt far and wide.


I was relieved to see the past tense used here, “Chernobyl WAS the worst nuclear disaster in history.” An important distinction. The BBC couldn’t be bothered to do the same in their reporting, stating, “…three decades on from the world’s worst civil nuclear disaster.” Fukushima? ‘Nothing to see here, folks. Move along, move along.’


“Those that publish false, misleading, propaganda on public media should face criminal charges.”

Therefore, you are now subject to criminal charges!

Please though, do not feel like you are in any way obligated to keep coming here with your corporatist and uptight smears.


Got any more of the mushrooms you have been eating?


According to the article in the New York Academy of Sciences by many Russian health experts, over 800,000 down-winders died from nuclear fallout. It’s now over a million on follow-up.

And this doesn’t count the millions who are sick and don’t know why

Nuclear power is just too dangerous and expensive.


“Top Official: Over 60 million Japanese irradiated by Fukushima — Nuclear Expert: 50,000 sq. miles of Japan highly contaminated… Many millions need to be evacuated… Gov’t has decided to sacrifice them, it’s a serious crime — TV: More than 70% of country contaminated by radiation.”

I stopped eating Pacific wild salmon about a year ago. I think the Pacific is just too contaminated because of Fukushima. Nobody in power is stepping up to bring this issue to light.



My exact thoughts.


To you nuke apologists, one and all: “Did you really read this article REALLY WELL?” ‘Cause it’s comin’ to a street near you (And all of us), even if we act NOW!

Still just a goosey, “Can’t happen here!” story to some?

One can bet that the folks in Fukushima Prefecture sure don’t think using nuclear energy is a goosey too bad of a story, (or a commercial electricity source). NUCLEAR WASTE CANNOT BE DEALT WITH! We must stop where we are right now and take our chances on a few thousand “dead zones”, rather than latter with a hundred million. Later would prove that a certain devolved group of humans who risked it all, for easy, “almost free” energy, were alas, to blame for our slow-motion extinction, yet no one left alive to tell the tale, Too bad. Too sad. NOT! WE WILL WAKE UP! I just damn well know it.


Everyone in the northern hemisphere is living in the shadow of death from nuclear madness. There is nothing rational to support this madness.


This one is for minitrue…


Pregnancy in Japan is a crap shoot and the odds are not in your favor.


The new Chernobyl cover. Built to last 100 years. Given it will be 250,000 years until all radiation is gone this will have to be repeated 2,500 times.

Could have been better health care. Could have fed those who are hungry. Could have been used for replacement of fossil fuels. Nope just another fix to another nuclear accident.

Have we learned enough to say no to this shit?


Nuclear shills are awfully defensive these days aren’t they? You filthy, lying motherfuckers need to be tried for crimes against nature and you know it. You’ve been hiding for decades behind the fact that the etiology of cancer is long and that it’s nearly impossible to prove a causal connection to a specific nuclear accident or release.

You people are the lowest scum in this world, and the time when your transparent bullshit on behalf of this catastrophically failed technology was paid any deference is over.


Go talk to the people in and around the nuclear power plant near Braidwood IL. And the accidents there were small in comparison to Chernobyl or Fukushima. Start with the people who lived near the blow down line.


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I was hoping a pro-nuker would say that. Here it is for your education Lord bad-breath:

NEW YORK, New York, April 26, 2010 (ENS) - Nearly one million
people around the world died from exposure to radiation released by the
1986 nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl reactor, finds a new book from
the New York Academy of Sciences published today on the 24th anniversary
of the meltdown at the Soviet facility.

The book, “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the
Environment,” was compiled by authors Alexey Yablokov of the Center for
Russian Environmental Policy in Moscow, and Vassily Nesterenko and
Alexey Nesterenko of the Institute of Radiation Safety, in Minsk,

The authors examined more than 5,000 published articles and studies,
most written in Slavic languages and never before available in English.

The authors said, “For the past 23 years, it has been clear that there
is a danger greater than nuclear weapons concealed within nuclear power.
Emissions from this one reactor exceeded a hundred-fold the radioactive
contamination of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

“No citizen of any country can be assured that he or she can be
protected from radioactive contamination. One nuclear reactor can
pollute half the globe,” they said. “Chernobyl fallout covers the entire
Northern Hemisphere.”

The Chernobyl nuclear reactor was destroyed by an explosion and fire April 26, 1986. (Photo issued by Soviet authorities)

Their findings are in contrast to estimates by the World Health
Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency that initially
said only 31 people had died among the “liquidators,” those
approximately 830,000 people who were in charge of extinguishing the
fire at the Chernobyl reactor and deactivation and cleanup of the site.

The book finds that by 2005, between 112,000 and 125,000 liquidators had died.

“On this 24th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, we now realize that
the consequences were far worse than many researchers had believed,”
says Janette Sherman, MD, the physician and toxicologist who edited the book.

Drawing upon extensive data, the authors estimate the number of deaths
worldwide due to Chernobyl fallout from 1986 through 2004 was 985,000, a
number that has since increased.

By contrast, WHO and the IAEA estimated 9,000 deaths and some 200,000 people sickened in 2005.

On April 26, 1986, two explosions occured at reactor number four at the
Chernobyl plant which tore the top from the reactor and its building and
exposed the reactor core. The resulting fire sent a plume of
radioactive fallout into the atmosphere and over large parts of the
western Soviet Union, Europe and across the Northern Hemisphere. Large
areas in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia had to be evacuated.

Yablokov and his co-authors find that radioactive emissions from the
stricken reactor, once believed to be 50 million curies, may have been
as great as 10 billion curies, or 200 times greater than the initial
estimate, and hundreds of times larger than the fallout from the atomic
bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Nations outside the former Soviet Union received high doses of
radioactive fallout, most notably Norway, Sweden, Finland, Yugoslavia,
Bulgaria, Austria, Romania, Greece, and parts of the United Kingdom and

Disabled children  from Belarus visiting the UK  during 

Easter 2010 sponsored by the charity Medicine Chernobyl Belarus Special
Aid Group. (Photo by Matthew and Heather)

About 550 million Europeans, and 150 to 230 million others in the
Northern Hemisphere received notable contamination. Fallout reached the
United States and Canada nine days after the disaster.

The proportion of children considered healthy born to irradiated parents
in Belarus, the Ukraine, and European Russia considered healthy fell
from about 80 percent to less than 20 percent since 1986.

Numerous reports reviewed for this book document elevated disease rates
in the Chernobyl area. These include increased fetal and infant deaths,
birth defects, and diseases of the respiratory, digestive,
musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, hematological,
urological, cardiovascular, genetic, immune, and other systems, as well
as cancers and non-cancerous tumors.

In addition to adverse effects in humans, numerous other species have
been contaminated, based upon studies of livestock, voles, birds, fish,
plants, trees, bacteria, viruses, and other species.

Foods produced in highly contaminated areas in the former Soviet Union
were shipped, and consumed worldwide, affecting persons in many other
nations. Some, but not all, contamination was detected and contaminated
foods not shipped.

The authors warn that the soil, foliage, and water in highly
contaminated areas still contain substantial levels of radioactive
chemicals, and will continue to harm humans for decades to come.

The book explores effects of Chernobyl fallout that arrived above the
United States nine days after the disaster. Fallout entered the U.S.
environment and food chain through rainfall. Levels of iodine-131 in
milk, for example, were seven to 28 times above normal in May and June
1986. The authors found that the highest U.S. radiation levels were
recorded in the Pacific Northwest.

Americans also consumed contaminated food imported from nations affected
by the disaster. Four years later, 25 percent of imported food was
found to be still contaminated.

Little research on Chernobyl health effects in the United States has
been conducted, the authors found, but one study by the Radiation and
Public Health Project found that in the early 1990s, a few years after
the meltdown, thyroid cancer in Connecticut children had nearly doubled.

This occurred at the same time that childhood thyroid cancer rates in
the former Soviet Union were surging, as the thyroid gland is highly
sensitive to radioactive iodine exposures.

The world now has 435 nuclear reactors and of these, 104 are in the United States.

The authors of the study say not enough attention has been paid to
Eastern European research studies on the effects of Chernobyl at a time
when corporations in several nations, including the United States, are
attempting to build more nuclear reactors and to extend the years of
operation of aging reactors.

The authors said in a statement, “Official discussions from the
International Atomic Energy Agency and associated United Nations’
agencies (e.g. the Chernobyl Forum reports) have largely downplayed or
ignored many of the findings reported in the Eastern European scientific
literature and consequently have erred by not including these

To obtain the book from the New York Academy of Sciences, click here.



Son, I think you stumbled into the wrong place. We know who you are. You should leave here and not return.


Those who tout this report as being credible because it was published by the New York Academy of Sciences would be interested to know the history of this publication and its credibility.

To the Editor:

Dr. Helen Caldicott (letter, Oct. 31) refers to “a New York Academy of Sciences report from 2009” on the Chernobyl disaster when estimating that “nearly a million have already died from this catastrophe.”

Originally published in Russian, the collection of papers in the Chernobyl volume published by the academy were written by scientists who say they summarized the information about the health and environmental consequences of the Chernobyl disaster from several hundred papers previously published in Slavic language publications. The Chernobyl volume is merely a translation of the original Russian publication.

In no sense, then, did the New York Academy of Sciences commission the work, nor by its publication in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences did (or does) the academy intend to independently validate the claims made in the original Slavic language publications cited in the translated volume.

Under the editorial practices of Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences at the time, some projects, like the Chernobyl translation, were developed and accepted solely to fulfill the academy’s broad mandate of providing an open forum for discussion of scientific questions and issues, rather than to present original scientific studies.

The content of these projects, conceived as one-off book projects, was not vetted by standard review processes. Thus, the translated volume has not been formally peer-reviewed by the New York Academy of Sciences or by anyone else.

New York, Nov. 5, 2013

The writer is executive director of science publications at the New York Academy of Sciences and editor in chief, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.


Nocubed…You’re just being TOO nice.

One thing I found in working with these profound thinkers is that their delusions operate a lot like color blindness.

They simply don’t see light in certain spectrums. And they will stick to the corp/gov line no matter what.


So the great rfinston is now qualifying credibility? This should be good.

So you as part and parcel of the nuke industry find the New York Academy of Sciences credible but scientists that write in Slavic languages and who are themselves Slavic people are not credible. Wow there’s some racism for ya. Let’s not consider that those "Slavic people using Slavic language beat the USA in getting a man in space and we now depend on them for getting our men and material to the ISS space station. I guess that there is little science needed to do that.

So science has to be in English or well its not really science. At least, certainly not credible cause I mean foreigners, you know. Its just so nice to get this credible information from such a credible poster. It seems that any information not in English and not coming straight from the IAEA is just not worth reading even if one could read Slavic. Thank you America and Americans for being so credible in what happens in other parts of the world where low and behold English is not spoken at all. We really know what the truth is because even if we can not speak the language we are basically smarter than them, right?



How dare you question the esteemed non-qualified nuke troll of the board! It’s just an oversight by him I’m sure, that he didn’t give any links to his source for this information:

“Spunky Monkey”, an anonymous out of work nuke plant janitor who gives medical advice on a non-medical physics board.

Remember that credibility smasher? The fool thought we wouldn’t bother to check the link he gave as proof radiation is harmless! Well, he’s not making that mistake again!

Who are we going to trust?
IAEA (the nuke mob who regulates themselves and said the Mark One Fukushima reactors were safe) who don’t speak Russian and who only show up for a week or so, and conclude the fallout was harmless since their jobs depend on that conclusion OR Slavic doctors who treat the millions of sufferers firsthand for decades… and then have bury them.

Who is more credible and qualified to peer-review colleagues?

US doctors or some editor in a New York skyscraper who’s never even been to the Chernobyl area, or the local doctors and health professionals of the Chernobyl area? The authors cited thousands of studies since 1986.

Our “peer” scientists over here, not only don’t speak the language and are stymied by the nuke mob dirty money in academia and industry, they have never even been over there! Therefore, English-speaking doctors who don’t treat Ruskie patients are unqualified to “peer-review” Russian population mortality and disease.