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05:23 PM on 10/16/2012
Hopefully, a preview of a future Tehran.
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sarahg1243
05:35 PM on 10/16/2012
Isn't that a warm and loving sentiment.
06:29 PM on 10/16/2012
What goes around, comes around. Be careful what you wish for.
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LudeDude714
02:58 PM on 10/16/2012
While the plant meltdown caused wildlife and vegetation for miles to die off, it is slowly coming back. On an episode of "life after man" they went to this town to show what it looks like 25 years after man leaves. The amusement park was just built and brand new at the time of the accident and you can see what decades of harsh weather and no help from man has done. They also found evidence of birds and wildlife living in the abandoned buildings, plants and trees that were scared from radiation are coming back, but it is still an eerie place.
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hat1701d
I landed in a dump truck full of circus peanuts...
06:21 PM on 10/16/2012
Just like looking at pictures of Bikini Atoll on Google Earth ( so to speak ). It has plenty of small trees and plant life now years after the detonation of the Hydrogen bomb there. There are also some reminants of a runway and other structures if I recall correctly.
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bfrjds1981
USS Constellation CV-64
10:56 AM on 10/17/2012
My father was there when that bomb was dropped. 2 weeks later all the hair on his legs fell off. It amazed me when I looked up the crew of his ship and how many died of cancer like my father. My mother still has a letter that was sent to her from the government about how an investigation was starting on this matter for all of the familes of the sailors that were there. This was in 1987 and we have not heard another word from them.
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11:00 PM on 10/16/2012
No it's not coming back, The animals are toxic to eat. It's toxic to breath the dust, and animals are coming in from outside the affected area and dying.,

Chernobyl wildlife depleted, deformed
http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/274/1616/1443.full
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txdmerc73
death is certain , life is not
02:46 PM on 10/16/2012
the exact landscape and buildings are in the video game Call of Duty 4 , its down to the exact details!
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obiwan49
Every silver lining has a touch of grey
03:47 PM on 10/16/2012
Reminds me of Fallout 3.
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txdmerc73
death is certain , life is not
05:58 PM on 10/16/2012
i love that game ! in call of duty 4 modern warfare (all ghillied up) it is spectacular scenery!
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bfrjds1981
USS Constellation CV-64
11:01 AM on 10/17/2012
Got a question I hope you can help with. Is it easy to learn to play those Call of Duty games?
I know nothing about these new kind of games at all. I am 48 and the last video game I played was Pong back in the 70's. I think those games look like they would be fun to play but I wouldn't even know where to start. Are they hard to learn to play? Thanks in advance. Jerry
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nhfireman
02:43 PM on 10/16/2012
It is amazing how the land is reclaiming it self.. Who knows ,years from know it might just be a forest. It reminds me thou of where you see movies about the future where we had a war and a lot of cities were abandon. On second thought why not rebuild parts of the city and put people on death row or with life sentences there .
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kelm72r3tro
Proud Veteran and Republican
11:44 AM on 10/16/2012
Very sad! amazing that some of places are partly in tact. Looks like people up and left in very fast time.
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ww5022
Clinton 2016
12:33 PM on 10/16/2012
They left the same day the explosion occurred. No choice.
03:20 PM on 10/16/2012
They actually didn't evacuate until late the next day. There are several good books on the disaster and is scary how unprepared and uneducated the first responders were.
01:37 PM on 10/16/2012
If someone told me a reactor is going off line,, I'd make a beeline out of that area and fast.. see I believe in a facial glow.. but not this type..
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kelm72r3tro
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03:01 PM on 10/16/2012
I agree. Not funny but your glow was. Just saying!
11:36 AM on 10/16/2012
So sad.
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10:52 AM on 10/16/2012
I toured the Chernobyl and Pripyat site as part of a government partnership program back in 2000. The rapid abandonment of the reactor site and Pripyat was evident in the buildings we went thru and possessions left behind by the fleeing population. The reactor site itself is sourrounded by a high wall and the encased core is still extremely radioactive. Amazingly the other reactors were going back online. The effects on the area around Chernobyl and the population there cannot be fully described. There are deformities amongst newborns and the area was being dismantled as we watched to recover copper wiring and materials from the buildings as the city is forever dead. I brought back quite a few pictures to show around for those who dismissed the seriousness of Three Mile Island. The whole area around Chernobyl was not unlike what I imagined decades ago when On the Beach was made a movie. Ukrainians I met resented the Soviet response to this meltdown and the effects it had on their people. I suspect it wouldn't be much better here as the power companies wouldn't have enough to reimburse the damages a melt down would cost to US communities. Keep an eye on the Japan incident and in particular how its' people are compensated for their losses.
12:07 PM on 10/16/2012
Could you publish your photos on line. It would be most interesting.

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01:12 PM on 10/16/2012
God help the Japanese and us on the west coast, fallout in our soil, and food.....
01:38 PM on 10/16/2012
don't forget Three Mile Island..
05:23 PM on 10/16/2012
and Halliburton leaving radioactive rods laying around
10:49 AM on 10/16/2012
Now why can't we make Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran look like that?
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Autora
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01:31 PM on 10/16/2012
Because it would be completely wrong of anyone to even want it. You are talking about millions upon millions of innocent civilians, not to mention some of the oldest and greatest civilizations in the world.
01:41 PM on 10/16/2012
are you kidding? those people don't charish human life,, heck look at the woman who strap bombs on themselves.. look at the 4 who were killed in Libya and we're working with them to end that type of behavior.
02:56 PM on 10/16/2012
Yeah and look at our world trade district and all the people that died because of them. And how happy they all were when they went down.
06:33 PM on 10/16/2012
Shame on you. What is wrong with you?
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klavezo
10:48 AM on 10/16/2012
Scary, like 4 more years of Obama.
11:29 AM on 10/16/2012
"Oh my god im so cool I can politicize things that have no relation to American politics! Yay me!"
11:43 AM on 10/16/2012
Those people aren't capable of saying anything beyond that type of comment. Small minds.
01:42 PM on 10/16/2012
funny I agree with the wholeheartedly.. same you don't
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kelm72r3tro
Proud Veteran and Republican
11:46 AM on 10/16/2012
Well said. Sure hope that does not happen. We will end up in depression!
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01:14 PM on 10/16/2012
Like Bush left us in such great shape after Clinton left a balanced budget, ARE YOU for real????
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msega17341
10:22 AM on 10/16/2012
Another example of sloppy reporting and writing. Where is the date of this event. Just because you are old enough to remember when this happened does not mean that other readers remember or know.
JDSept
too much of everything is just enough
11:17 AM on 10/16/2012
That is why the internet exists, for people to do their own research if they want. Its not like TV, its interactive.
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Autora
No micro-bio for me, thanks
01:39 PM on 10/16/2012
Thank you! I AM old enough to remember it and what happened at the time, and entirely agree that I found the article sloppy. It referenced things like 'the Soviet reaction' without saying what that reaction was, and many other such innuendos that even I found frustrating, and I knew quite a bit about it at the time. We all did-- the entire world was horrified and reading/watching everything they could about it.

This article was not journalism: it was throwing something together and hoping it would pass muster.
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charleshmcgill
03:00 PM on 10/16/2012
@Autora, "throwing something together and hoping it would pass muster". That IS American journalism in the 21st century. Journalists used to ask who, what, when, where and why but today they merely take dictation at press conferences. Journalists today fear offending public figures at the cost of losing access and source material.
The only real investigative journalists I can think of are MattTaibbi and Greg Palast and Palast had to go to the U.K. to get a job. Sad state of affairs to those who remember Woodward and Bernstein.
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10:11 AM on 10/16/2012
You can see the wasteland left if you look on google earth. Even ships in a harbor on the river.
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09:53 AM on 10/16/2012
Russian towns were lost long before that
06:36 PM on 10/16/2012
And you know that as a fact? Have you been to Russia?
09:39 AM on 10/16/2012
I think i saw Will Smith running from a Zombie in one of those pictues. Looks like a scene from I Am legend. I think he was loking for his dog.
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JoltBillRandal
Semi-retired broadcast tech.
10:44 AM on 10/16/2012
Well, the DOG seems to be alive and well.....
11:49 AM on 10/16/2012
I don`t see how people can joke about the horror that nuclear fission has wrought on this world. I can`t remember his name,but he was one of the scientists who discovered it. He was quoted some time ago saying that we should have left the uranium in the ground where it belonged. I could not agree more. I am convinced it will eventually be our doom.
09:34 AM on 10/16/2012
We do not have to travel to Russia to see such Pictures, just go and visit Detroit which will be renamed after the Election to Obamatown !!!!!!
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Cobradriver99
Why are liberals such hypocrites?
10:48 AM on 10/16/2012
Favorited Sir !
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11:31 AM on 10/16/2012
i like your style sir!!!
09:18 AM on 10/16/2012
Trivia question: WHY did Chernobyl happen.? (hint, it was no accident)
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Atoms4Peace1
Applying the atom peacefully since 1978
09:40 AM on 10/16/2012
What, black helicopters circling? Conspiracy? CIA?

It was a bad Soviet dual use reactor design with a positive void coefficient at low power.

BTW, RBMKs are still operating.
11:34 AM on 10/16/2012
I'm not sure that I have the details right (someone else may...) But.... The operators were running a test, bringing the reactor down, and they brought it down farther than they were supposed to (had planned) for the test. They were then too impatient to wait for the core to come back up slowly... so they shut down / overrode the all the safety systems and rammed it up full speed... and it got away.
11:50 AM on 10/16/2012
OK, let's see now. Well trained experienced professionals running a Nuclear Operation, with lives at stake got a little impatient and put the pedal to the "metal" and it just got away from them.
No disrespect sir, but are you aware of the "cognitive dissonace " that is played in the minds of the masses that are "asleep" ?? It's ok to wake up from the Vanilla Sky, you will experience shock and fear at first, but the Truth will set you Free. That is in the Bible, and it's our only Hope.