Green Post: Remembering Chernobyl

This is a fact. Chinese just do not like the number four. In the Chinese language, four in both the Hokkien or Cantonese dialect means death and four is therefore considered unlucky or inauspicious. I suppose four to the Chinese is what thirteen is to the Westerners. Both numbers have the bad luck of being considered unlucky. Incidently as I was planning to post on the Chernobyl Disaster to commemorate the sad event of April 26 1986 that occured in Ukraine which was then part of the Soviet Union, I came across an article that states that it was the reactor number FOUR at the Chernobyl plant, near Pripyat in the Ukranian Soviet Socialist Republic that had exploded. Two people were said to have died in the initial steam explosion but many more uncalled for deaths were attributed to radiation. A plume of highly radioactive fallout that was 400 times more than that released by the atomic bomb that was dropped in Hiroshima then drifted over western Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Northern Europe and eastern North America. Light nuclear rain was also reported in Ireland and 336,000 people from badly contaminated areas in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia had to be evacuated and resettled. Remember Chernobyl...



Chernobyl...20 years later...



Radioactive victims...




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