Monday, February 16, 2015

Interesting Posts From Other Websites: Apocalypse Edition

One of may favorite forms of entertainment is post-apocalyptic fiction. It scares me because an apocalyptic event is a much more likely scenario than a zombie outbreak. Every once in a while, I stumble across a few websites that remind me just how possible an apocalyptic event is. The closest the world has gotten in the past fifty years was the meltdown at reactor #4 at Chernobyl on 26 April 1986.

A lot of books and movies focus on the actual meltdown and the immediate efforts to counter its effects. Chernobyl Uncensored is a fantastic documentary that goes beyond that first night, using interviews with survivors and classified documents released in the post-Soviet era that reveal the year-long measures undertaken to stem the accident, the horrible death toll it took on the men who contained the blast, and the fact that a second, more deadly explosion was narrowly avoided.

For anyone not familiar with what happened that night, the Discovery Channel's Zero Hour: Disaster at Chernobyl (2006) provides a detailed minute-by-minute account of the disaster. Inside the Chernobyl Reactor shows what it looks like inside reactor #4 as of 2006.

Haunting Images: Children of the Chernobyl Disaster contains a six-minute video by Paul Fusco that shows the human side of the disaster.

Military Vehicles in a Land Without People shows one of the approximately 800 burial grounds for contaminated military vehicles used to contain the accident.

NOTE; Since I'm heading back to Boston this week to see family and a dear friend, I won't be compiling a list of interesting posts and so I won't be posting anything on Monday the 23rd.

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