Monday, April 24, 2006

Happy Anniversary!


Wednesday will mark the 20-year anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which released over a 100 times more radiation than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. Since then many mutants have been spawned as a consequence. Some, like Wolverine of "The X-Men", are pretty cool. Others are babies with very large heads that are unpleasant to behold. And apparently the danger is not yet over, as 200 tons of radioactive fuel are still present at the site.

But as is often the case at The Kremlin, a plan is in motion. Whoever is still in charge over there is planning to install a steel and concrete shell over the disaster site. The structure will cost about a billion dollars, and is scheduled to be in place by 2009.

A billion dollars for a lid, basically. Apparently "Plan A', which consisted of laying a large rug over the mess (Ikea has a 300"x800" one that's pretty stylish and affordable) fell through.

Read more about the whole affair
here
.

3 comments:

Blogshoe said...

Not only are they building a giant lid, they are building a giant sliding lid. It is being constructed far enough away that radiation isn't terrible and then they will roll it in place. There was a great article on Chernobyl, or Chornobyl as Ukraine spells it, in the April 2006 issue of National Geographic. Here is a link to the online article.

http://www9.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0604/sights_n_sounds/index.html

BlogFoot said...

That is a good article. Gracias.

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