Wednesday, April 25, 2012

2 Videos: "Chernobyl 25 Years Later" and "Fukushima One Year Later"

Several readers linked the Youtube video titled "Chernobyl 4 ever" by Belgian director Alain de Halleux, depicting the Chernobyl accident after 25 years. So I thought I would show the video here. I didn't know that they have nuclear fuel to deal with that was used in the other three reactors at Chernobyl until 2000. "History will repeat itself." Well it did.

In stark contrast, here is the video made by the World Nuclear Association for the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident, titled "Fukushima and Chernobyl - myth versus reality". "6000 children developed thyroid cancer, and 15 of them died, perhaps." Dr. Gerry Thomas of London's Imperial College says she was anti-nuclear before Chernobyl, but not any more. "Nah. No problem at all." (Just like Monbiot who came to love nuclear after the Fukushima accident.)

If that's the case, why should anyone bother to do anything with the Chernobyl site, not to mention Fukushima?


Anonymous said...

"Lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima: Nuclear Safety is an Oxymoron"

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Thanks for the link. Tamil Nadu is where the Japanese government-industrial complex is going to build a "Japan Town".

Karen Sherry Brackett said...

These are both great links. Thank you for posting them!

Unknown said...

Chernobyl 25 years later is not the name of this documentary.

It is called Chernobyl 4 ever, movie from Belgian director Alain de Halleux who recently produced this :

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

@Laurent, thank you. I took the title that was on Youtube. I'll correct it.

Karen Sherry Brackett said...

Yes, thank you Laurent. I will add his credits to my Facebook page as well. He certainly did a great job!

This issue of constantly passing the buck to the next generation has to end.

Chibaguy said...

I am sorry but that fat lady cannot sing. 1000 kilometers squared has now been declared as off limits FOREVER. I wonder if she ever critically thinks why people run far and fast from these disasters!?

Anonymous said...

science and safety:
"As might be expected, intensive investigation of this interesting alchemy of Nature has shed much light on problems concerning the atomic nucleus. A new question arose at the beginning, however, when it was found that accompanying beta decay there was an unaccountable loss of energy from the decaying nucleus1, and that one could do nothing to the apparatus in which the decay occurred to trap this lost energy2. One possible explanation was that the conservation laws (upon which the entire structure of modern science is built) were not valid when applied to regions of subatomic dimensions. Another novel explanation, but one which would maintain the integrity of the conservation laws, was a proposal by Wolfgang Pauli in 1933 which hypothesized a new and fundamental particle3 to account for the loss of energy from the nucleus. This particle would be emitted by the nucleus simultaneously with the electron, would carry with it no electric charge, but would carry the missing energy and momentum—escaping from the laboratory equipment without detection."
detecting the flaw? in a theory
"IceCube is a particle detector at the South Pole that records the interactions of a nearly massless sub-atomic particle called the neutrino. IceCube searches for neutrinos from the most violent astrophysical sources: events like exploding stars, gamma ray bursts, and cataclysmic phenomena involving black holes and neutron stars."
so in normal speak:
matter falls apart, gets heavier and charges (electrically) the surrounding, but summing (all honestly detectable) it all together doesn't add up. let's call it beta-radiation.
all IS safe ...

Anonymous said...

One thing that always seriously angers me is when people name the UNSCEAR report(s) as proof that (relatively) few deaths resulted from the Chernobyl nuclear accident. If one bothers to read the whole report(s) thoroughly, it is very clear that the reported numbers are only those that one can be certain of to be radiation-related. And UNSCEAR admits at the same time that a) reliable data was scarce for various reasons AND b) that it is most of the time practically impossible to establish with certainty a link between reported death or disease cases and radiation.

Unless, of course, I'm reading the UNCSEAR report(s) incorrectly, the relatively low numbers are practically meaningless. Concluding from them that radiation exposure is really not all that bad is, imho, idiotic if not outright deliberately deceptive.

2008 report:

2000 report (not linked on UNSCEAR's web site anymore, although 2008 report is based on it):


Anonymous said...

The second video is pure nuclear industry propaganda, and all numbers have no real scientific basis. The problem is, radiation is real, and the levels from escaped fuels are enormously unimaginable.
Health effects are multiple, and thyroid cancer rates are up even 1000km from Chernobyl at some contaminated places.

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