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Latest Chernobyl Motorcycle Photos

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the post-post-apocalyptic dept.

News 951

wrx writes "Elena has taken another motorcycle ride through the Chernobyl area, and has updated her site with a whole lot of new photos and text. The pictures now show several surrounding towns, the radiation level of the magic wood, and many more details inside buildings. After the dust had settled from the original slashdot story, Elena wrote 'who are those slashdot people? they swept over like Mongol-Tartars.'"

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fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686182)

*glowing*

question is... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686198)

can I lick that fuckin clit ?!

Slashdot What? (-1, Offtopic)

Zazi (601795) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686186)

Mongol-Tartars? Here I thought we were just geeks/nerds... haf.

Re:Slashdot What? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686242)

Leave it to a former SOVIET RUSSIAN to come up with the most apt description yet of...YOU.

FP NIGG (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686194)

Aaaaaaare!

what up homiez (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686195)

I ride a bike too. I'm a true gangsta. I ride through COMPTON and WATTS which is pretty much the same as Chernoble. Propz to all my dead homiez, and FP BITCH!!!!

Watch the hit counter spin (4, Funny)

azuroff (318072) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686200)

I'm counting around 100 or so hits every few seconds...

We'll show her who "those slashdot people" are.

Re:Watch the hit counter spin (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686217)

So am I...

I'm guessing about 80 of those 100 hits is people like us refreshing to check how many have hit.

Re:Watch the hit counter spin (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686262)

Interesting. I just discovered that I have a blocking rule (Pithhelmet default) for URLs containing "count.cgi" (or variants). Think I'll leave it in place.

Pithhelmet (or privoxy, take your pick) really makes the web bearable. It's like 1996 in my head!

Re:Watch the hit counter spin (5, Insightful)

magn (570303) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686233)

Maybe if everyone stopped reload it to see the hit counter it wouldn't spin so fast :)

Re:Watch the hit counter spin (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686235)

How appropriate. We "nuke" her website.

Re:Watch the hit counter spin (5, Informative)

Falc0n (618777) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686392)

Yup... Just in case Angelfire decides her bandwidth is too much, here is a mirror: http://www.fcdnet.org/chernobyl/ [fcdnet.org]

In Soviet Russia (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686202)

Chernobyl motorcycle website Slashdots Slashdot!

Soaking up the gamma (5, Interesting)

NatlLabGeek (601460) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686205)

I can't even imagine the dose she's soaking up. I look at the reading she's showing in pictures and she's taken up my YEARLY dose in HOURS. Is it really exciting enough to give away years of your life for a helluva ride?

Then again, I chase storms.

Go with God, girl.

Re:Soaking up the gamma (5, Funny)

b0r0din (304712) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686248)

Some people smoke. Others drive their motorcycle through the worst nuclear incident of all time. In my opinion, the second one sounds much cooler. For some reason Snow Crash comes to mind.

Re:Soaking up the gamma (3, Insightful)

chornobyl (694617) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686320)

The worst nuclear incident of all time? Hiroshima?

Re:Soaking up the gamma (3, Insightful)

cpt kangarooski (3773) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686371)

Well, plenty of people ride motorcycles around Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I'm sure.

Re:Soaking up the gamma (5, Informative)

gumbi west (610122) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686273)

Not so sure. You probably get about 300 mR/year and you may get way more. For example, if you smoke you get an additional 1000 mR/year (1 R/year) in addition to all the other things in the tobaco.

Also, 300 mR is only enough to increase your risk of cancer by 0.01 %, i.e. it's not going to take any time off your life (unless you happen to be the one in 10,000 who gets cancer as a result of that additional exposure, and even then, your chances of dieing are only 1 in 2).

Re:Soaking up the gamma (3, Insightful)

fm6 (162816) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686347)

I'm not sure a motorcycle ride is worth even a 1 in 10K chance of getting cancer. But then, I'm not a biker.

But to continue the relative risk theme: visiting a meltdown dead zone is not they only way to expose yourself to radiation. There's living in a house made of brick. (Not very much, I admit, but some.) There's living in a poorly ventilated house that's over a Uranium deposit. And of course, there's sunbathing or visiting a tanning salon, which Elena's pastime look positively healthy!

Re:Soaking up the gamma (4, Informative)

gumbi west (610122) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686400)

Living in a home made of brick (as I do) will increase your dose by about 30 mR/year. On the other hand, living in a poorly ventilated house over a soil rich in Uranium can increase your dose by about 1000 mR/year. This is all in the United States NRC's (not online) NuReg 1401.

Re:Soaking up the gamma (1)

orthogonal (588627) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686299)

I can't even imagine the dose she's soaking up. I look at the reading she's showing in pictures and she's taken up my YEARLY dose in HOURS

Elena's one HOT babe.

She kinda reminds me of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer: "And if you ever saw [her], you would even say [she] glows."

Seriously, she's a brave woman and a good photographer, and her original photo essay was haunting and poignant. I'm looking forward to this addition to it.

Re:Soaking up the gamma (5, Insightful)

gumbi west (610122) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686308)

Wait a second! she is showing readings of less than 1 mR/hour. Power plant workers can work in 1 mR/hour for the entire year and not exceed NRC's strict 2 R/year limit. In otherwords, this is nothing. Parent poster doesn't know what he is talking about.

Re:Soaking up the gamma (2, Informative)

Ironpoint (463916) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686316)


I don't think radiation works that way. Once you leave the area, the radiation doesn't follow you (if you didn't roll around in the material). Its not a chemical like mercury. You don't soak it up until you meet some magical tumor line. If you don't develop tissue damage while irradiated you won't mysteriously develop it later just because you were irradiated.

Re:Soaking up the gamma (5, Interesting)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686336)

At least she's documenting her journeys. IMHO, the most interesting thing about her picture is not the radiation, but that the whole place is preserved from the Soviet era. Sort of like a depopulated Pompeii, without all the digging.

Re:Soaking up the gamma (5, Insightful)

gumbi west (610122) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686341)

The highest reading she shows or talks about is 3 mR/hr. This is only 30 times higher than the levels in Grand Centeral Station, and is many times less than a number of natural locations [angelfire.com] .

Sorry, I'm not trying to karma whore, but my day job relates to getting people not to be affraid of radiation, so seing this post have such high mod points is really getting to me.

She's doing fine. (5, Insightful)

douglips (513461) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686373)

Roentgens, the unit used in her journal, measure ionization of the air. The general conversion is that 1 Roentgen = 1 REM, the unit we use for human radiation exposure in the US.

In one transcontinental roundtrip flight, you get 6 millirem, which is equal to 6000 microroentgen. Her little counter is reading microroentgen per hour, so she can go somewhere where her counter is reading 500 and it's just like she's sitting on an airliner at 35000 feet.

Your yearly dose is about 300 millirem, so in order for her to soak that up in hours, as you claim, she'd have to sit somewhere that her counter reads 100000 or more. She's being very smart. If she were walking around without the dosimeter, she could get in trouble.

This is what she means when she says people fear what they don't understand. Once you understand the risks involved, you see her radiation exposure is much less risky than, say, smoking, or even riding motorcycles at all.

Perspective (2, Insightful)

Beryllium Sphere(tm) (193358) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686382)

She's riding a fast motorcycle on unswept roads in a place where nobody's going to come along to find you for a long, long time.

A few rem won't add materially to her risk.

Re:Soaking up the gamma (1)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686391)

Isn't there a pill of some sort of pill you can take to keep radiation from entering your body for a certain amount of time? I think I saw it on some NBC post 9/11 special. Anyhow, does anyone know of a site giving the history of chenobyl? I am wondering what happend that day, and what it was like. Was it a fire that spread into an explosion? Was it a chemical reaction that dumped somthing into the water? I think it's a shame since it keeps us from using nuclear energy, which can be clean and efficiant.

This quote sums it up... (2, Funny)

reality-bytes (119275) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686397)

I shouldn't do this first gear hard launch in front of leading personal and some committee.. that's fine with me... after all, what did I lose, except for those several hundreds microroengen

Thats my kind of radiation-researcher ;)

RADS (-1, Redundant)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686208)

Isn't she worried about exposure (not the Slashdot thing)?

threepio! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686210)

It's too dangerous with all the Slashdot people around...

Dawn of the Dead (0)

Aqua OS X (458522) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686211)

Anyone else reminded of that zombie flick while looking at these pictures?

creepy....

Re:Dawn of the Dead (2, Insightful)

Rew190 (138940) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686266)

Actually, it reminded me more of "Day of the Dead," the Romero flick from the 80's.

Re:Dawn of the Dead (2, Informative)

digitalsushi (137809) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686302)

check out www.infiltration.org [infiltration.org] for more urban exploration.

Good location for a movie (2, Interesting)

ericspinder (146776) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686303)

Come to think about it, it would be a great location for a disaster flick. Getting people over their fear of going there might be a problem. You'd have to pay a little more than scale.

it is good to subscribe (0, Offtopic)

trolman (648780) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686214)

Without subscribing to slashdot I would never have seen this site since it is All graphics. What a world.

Elena who? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686219)

There's no better way to turn me off a story than to assume I religously read all Slashdot stories and am now on a chummy, first, name basis with subjects of Slashdot stories.

where do the new images start? (1)

jeff munkyfaces (643988) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686222)

someone linky for us dialuppers..

Re:where do the new images start? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686250)

at the beginning..

Re:where do the new images start? (2, Informative)

nazh (604234) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686343)

they are mixed in with the old. so you have to go throught it all.

Not yet. (2, Insightful)

Bon bons (734068) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686223)

It's disturbing to think that the town is going to be like that for 100 years.

Regardless of how many breakthroughs there have been in fission technology, I'd like to see twice as many breakthroughs in radiation cleanup before I embrace the technology.

Some of us still remember Three Mile Island.

Re:Not yet. (2, Funny)

BiggyP (466507) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686304)

100 years? but the article clearly states 48 years, very precisely as well, i think she put it as 48.000

Re:Not yet. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686345)

that's 48,000

Re:Not yet. (2, Informative)

davandhol (728225) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686353)

The Europeans write 48,000 as 48.000. Decimals instead of commas.

Re:Not yet. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686319)

Oh please.

TMI was a non-incident. The only reason anyone thinks it was a big deal was because of press coverage, and because of TV personalities arguing about it live on nightly news. The most exposure anyone got was around 100millirems, which is about the same as an x-ray at a doctor's office.

Re:Not yet. (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686352)

You do realize that Three Mile Island was the single lamest nuclear "disaster" in history, right? Standing with my hand on the reactor, I would get the same amount of radiation from said reactor in one second as I get from the rest of the environment in one second. Compare to smoking, which (on average) quadrouples your radiation dose.

In the new Soviet Russia (-1, Offtopic)

trolman (648780) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686228)

slashdots you.

'who are those slashdot people? (2, Funny)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686231)

'who are those slashdot people? they swept over like Mongol-Tartars.'

Hi. You must be new here. :)

And once again... (1, Insightful)

afabbro (33948) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686236)

...Slashdot irresponsibly sucks up someone's bandwidth quota on a free site like angelfire.

Readers keep recommending Slashdot mirror sites. But of course, that would mean (a) editors would have to read the site to know what we think, and (b) they would have to do some actual work.

If you put up a site for the world to see. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686324)

...be prepared for the world to see it. It's simple as that, son. Accept it, or shut up.

Re:And once again... (1)

elykyllek (543092) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686333)

I always try archive.org first, they've got fat pipes.

Here's the link: kidofspeed [archive.org]

OH yeeaahhhh (0, Offtopic)

morelife (213920) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686239)

We're Mongol-Tartars ok, in more ways than one :=}

She said she was proud (-1)

(1337) God (653941) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686245)

She said she's proud of people who stayed behind and live in areas with unsafe levels of radiation.

I personally DO NOT think that is admirable. I personally think it's STUPID that these people are taking themselves out of the gene pool.

I'm surprised there's no cleanup of the areas, really, or attemps at revitalizing a bit for economic and narcissistic reasons.

The Soviets should be ashamed of themselves for what happened and the lost false dreams and lives that their repressive regime caused.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

MOD PARENT +1 INSIGHTFUL (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686254)

I too feel that she's being dangerous riding thru the area.

I too agree that the USSR should be ashamed and we should be Proud Americans.

Re:MOD PARENT +1 INSIGHTFUL (4, Insightful)

Egonis (155154) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686310)

There are many things people do everyday that shorten your or reduce your health, mainly: Using Gasoline!

>I too agree that the USSR should be ashamed and we should be Proud Americans.

It's not like accidents don't happen in the United States, and I don't quite see where your statement is founded.... simply because another country has a disaster, does not give Americans, nor any other country in the world bragging rights. I think what should be truly done, is that we all learn from examples, so this won't happen to humanity again.

Re:MOD PARENT +1 INSIGHTFUL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686383)

> I too agree that the USSR should be ashamed and we should be Proud Americans.

Let's see shall we?

Three mile island ring any bells?

And then there's the deliberate ones, hiroshima and nagasaki.

Still proud?

Why the moderation? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686289)

Why the fuck is this modded down to -1?

Re:She said she was proud (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686314)

fark you icehole

Bok bok baaaAAAK! (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686257)

Re Giant Egg [angelfire.com] : "big egg as we passing 86th kilometer we'll see this big egg. This is where civilisation ends and where Chernobyl ride begin. Someone brought this egg from Germany. The significance of this egg is LIFE that will break through, life that will survive through radiation."

I don't think that symbolism will work. People instead will think of Giant Mutant Chickens and run like hell.

Re:Bok bok baaaAAAK! (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686374)

Woah, flashbacks to hours spent doing Black & White - Creature Isle, training my creature to train his pet giant chicken.

Re:Bok bok baaaAAAK! (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686380)

Symbolism, like many other things, is lost on Slashdotters!

Reminds me of (4, Insightful)

Jediman1138 (680354) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686264)

the recent Danny Boyle film 28 Days Later.

While the evacuated scenes of London in the film don't have the wear and tear of a few decades of desertion like Chernobyl does, it kind of gives you a representation of what it might be like to be there.

Scary stuff...What's our world coming to?

_________________________________________

Re:Reminds me of (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686364)

When Elena first posted her pictures, my first thought was "That's a great place to film a post-apocalypse movie." But I can't imagine who would agree to star in it!

Mainly one question. (0, Offtopic)

gr3g (119302) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686265)

I think the primary question is of course, is she single?

I suppose a secondary question (assuming a negative answer to the first) would be will she provide me with a tour?

You're a geek (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686398)

Act like one.

Primarily you should ask how many Rods to the HoggsHead does she get on that kawasaki, and then you ask for a tour... for scientific porpuses ;)

Iiiihaaa! At it again! (2, Funny)

Squashee (573673) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686270)

So just to drive in the finer points of the answer to her question, we do it to her again. I'm sure she's likes it even better the second time around...

Radiation dosage levels (1)

Fiz Ocelot (642698) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686271)

The same thing came up on the last discussion on this, and it seems that the radiation levels on roads is much less than other areas since all of the radioactive junk gets washed off due to rain etc.

Now going inside houses and all that is another story. Really amazing pictures, I wish someone could build a drone to go inside some of those areas.

Something to think about... (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686395)

..when your mom, girlfriend, or whatever complains that your room needs dusting!

Egad (1)

TechnologyX (743745) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686272)

Makes me really think about living in the town that I live in currently, we're downwind of a Nuclear power plant about 40-50 miles away.

Such an amazing and atypical slashdot article (5, Insightful)

daddy norcal (734037) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686276)

The pictures and story she has on her site are quite simply amazing.

Being an American kid at the time of the incident, I was fairly well removed, both politically and geographically, from the disaster, but Elena's pictures serve as a reminder of just how terrible and far reaching the effects of the meltdown were. From the initial coverup to the resulting FUD pumped out by the Russian government during the aftermath, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that this event displaced tens of thousands of people, and many more are still dealing with the legacy or horrors the fallout has inflicted.

Kudos to Elena and the editors for a great human interest story.

In the new Soviet Slashdot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686277)

Morons are the moderators

Fitting Reminder (2, Informative)

Yoje (140707) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686281)

This is very fitting timing, and a reminder, to the Three Mile Island accident which happened 25 years ago on March 28. We were extremely close to experiencing a total catsrophe, but avoided it narrowly mostly due to luck.

Who are these slashdot people? (5, Insightful)

cgenman (325138) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686287)

"They swept over like Mongol-Tartars."

And so you post her to the front page. Again. That's just spiteful.

You can't buy this kind of publicity, but you are sure going to pay for it. Hopefully the bill falls on anglefire and not our friend on the bike.

IN CASE OF SLASHDOTTING (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686288)

Short introduction

My name is Elena, I run this site and I don't sell anything in here and to tell the true, I don't have anything to sell. What I do have is my bike and this absolute freedom to ride it wherever curiosity and speed demon take me to.

biking

Motorcycling is a great hobby of mine. I ride all my life and I owned different bikes and I ended with big kawasaki ninja. This motorbike has matured 147 horse powers, some serious bark, it is that fast like a bullet and comfortable for a long trips. I travel a lot and my favorite destination lead through so called Chernobyl "dead zone" It is 130kms from my home. Why favourite? because one can ride there for hours and not meet any single car and not to see any single soul. People left and nature is blooming, there are beautiful places, woods, lakes. Roads haven't been built or repaired since 80th but in places where they haven't been ridden by trucks or army technics, they stay in the same condition as 20 years ago. Time do not ruin roads.

to begin, we got to learn a little something about radiation, it is simple. Device that we use for measuring level of radiation called dosimeter and if you will turn it on in Kiev, it will show 12-16 microroengen per hour, in cities of Russia, America or Europe normally it will be 10-12 microroengen per hour. 1.000 of microroengen make one milliroengen and 1.000 milliroengen make 1 roengen. To die quietly human need to acquire a tan of 500 roentgen within 5 hours. This sort of radiation can not be found this days in Chernobyl. In first days after explosion, in some places around reactor it was 3.000 roengen per hour and people who were throwen to put down that fire have been dying on the spot. Now everything is much better, they put a big sarcophagus on that thing and we can travel there with no danger for health. Here is map that shows radiation level in different parts of dead zone and which I updated for our local biker club in March 16 of this year (2004) map shows level of radiation on asphalt, usually on the middle of road, because on edge of road it is twice as higher and if you step 1 meter off the road it 4 or 5 times higher. Radiation sit on earth, on the grass, in apples and mushrooms. It is not on asphalt, which makes rides through this area safe. I always go for rides alone, because not need anyone to rise dust and I had never problems with dosimeter guys. They are on check points and if they will find radiation on you vehicle, they give a chemical shower and this eat ya bike. next page

CmdrTaco loves anal

900 years

1960-1970th has been a time of a great nuclear enthusiasm. With such slogans as- "atom is our friend".. they were building atomic plants here and there, like starling houses and then in April 26, in year 1986 a guy named Akimov pushed wrong button and launched the biggest nuclear catastrophe ... Akimov was jailed for 14 years and as it was in tradition with soviet justice, they put in prison all other people that worked on that day shift with no matter who was guilty and who was not..... In theory radiation will stay in Chernobil area for the next 48.000 years, but in reality first people must start to populate those area already in some 300- 900 years. This is when the most dangerous elements will dissapear. If government will find money to finance our science, then, I suppose there will be someway discovered to neutralise or clean up this area sooner, otherwise we will have to wait this 900 years untill radiation will evaporate by itself.

disaster in my memory

In Ukrainian language Chernobyl is a name for a grass, wormwood (absinth) This word scares holly bejesus out of people here. If I tell someone that I am heading in a "dead zone"... you know, what I hear.. In best case- "are you nuts?" My dad used to say that people afraid of a thing which they can not see, can not feel, can not smell and that kills. Dad is nuclear physicist and he also says that of all dangerous things in my life, he can only think about one, which is riding my bike on fifth or sixth gear. In any way, dad and their team work in "dead zone" for last 18 years. They doing researches from the day when nuclear disaster happened. The rest of guys in a team are microbiologists, doctors, botanists.. etc. I was 7 years old back in 1986 and in a few hours after accident happened dad sent us with sister off with the train to Grandmother. Granny lives 800 kms from here and dad wasn't sure if it was far enough for us to stay away of troubles. Communists kept silence about this accident. In Kiev, they forced people to take part in their stupid labor day parade and then people start learning about accident from foreign radio, from relatives of those who died and real panic began in 7-10 days after accident. Dad says, that in those first 10 days exposure to radiation was the most powerful and can not even be compared with what we have now

heading up north

Hemos gives Taco a reach-around

Time to go for a ride. This is our road. There won't be many cars on that roads, this places having ill fame and people trying not to settle there. The farther we going, then cheaper is land, then less people and better roads. big egg as we passing 86th kilometer we'll see this big egg. This is where civilisation ends and where Chernobyl ride begin. Someone brought this egg from Germany. The significance of this egg is LIFE that will break through, life that will survive through radiation. Here is last place where one can get something to eat and fill bike with fuel. Choose any dirrection from here and you will see the same picture- desolated towns, dead villages, ruined farms. next page

1960-1970th has been a time of a great nuclear enthusiasm. With such slogans as- "atom is our friend".. they were building atomic plants here and there, like starling houses and then in April 26, in year 1986 a guy named Akimov pushed wrong button and launched the biggest nuclear catastrophe ... Akimov was jailed for 14 years and as it was in tradition with soviet justice, they put in prison all other people that worked on that day shift with no matter who was guilty and who was not..... In theory radiation will stay in Chernobil area for the next 48.000 years, but in reality first people must start to populate those area already in some 300- 900 years. This is when the most dangerous elements will dissapear. If government will find money to finance our science, then, I suppose there will be someway discovered to neutralise or clean up this area sooner, otherwise we will have to wait this 900 years untill radiation will evaporate by itself.

disaster in my memory

In Ukrainian language Chernobyl is a name for a grass, wormwood (absinth) This word scares holly bejesus out of people here. If I tell someone that I am heading in a "dead zone"... you know, what I hear.. In best case- "are you nuts?" My dad used to say that people afraid of a thing which they can not see, can not feel, can not smell and that kills. Dad is nuclear physicist and he also says that of all dangerous things in my life, he can only think about one, which is riding my bike on fifth or sixth gear. In any way, dad and their team work in "dead zone" for last 18 years. They doing researches from the day when nuclear disaster happened. The rest of guys in a team are microbiologists, doctors, botanists.. etc. I was 7 years old back in 1986 and in a few hours after accident happened dad sent us with sister off with the train to Grandmother. Granny lives 800 kms from here and dad wasn't sure if it was far enough for us to stay away of troubles. Communists kept silence about this accident. In Kiev, they forced people to take part in their stupid labor day parade and then people start learning about accident from foreign radio, from relatives of those who died and real panic began in 7-10 days after accident. Dad says, that in those first 10 days exposure to radiation was the most powerful and can not even be compared with what we have now

heading up north

Time to go for a ride. This is our road. There won't be many cars on that roads, this places having ill fame and people trying not to settle there. The farther we going, then cheaper is land, then less people and better roads.

big egg

as we passing 86th kilometer we'll see this big egg. This is where civilisation ends and where Chernobyl ride begin. Someone brought this egg from Germany. The significance of this egg is LIFE that will break through, life that will survive through radiation. Here is last place where one can get something to eat and fill bike with fuel. Choose any dirrection from here and you will see the same picture- desolated towns, dead villages, ruined farms. next page

cruising around big egg This is what left of village with population of 4.500 So called exclusion zone is a territory of 30 kms around atomic power-plant. We are not in a dead zone yet, we cruising around big egg and now we are some 50 kms on South from reactor. now we are 50 kms on west from reactor. This old man lives in Chernobyl area, he is one of 3.500 people that either refused to leave or returned to their villages after 1986. I admire those people, each of them is a philosopher in own way. When you ask if they not afraid to die, they telling that at home they may die with radiation and in some other place they would definately die with home-sickness. They eat food from own gardens, drink milk of their caws and claim that they are healthy, but we can't get away from facts, only 400 of them left out of 3.500. It appears that stubborn people, those of fortitude- are first victims

More Proper. (5, Funny)

xanadu-xtroot.com (450073) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686295)

'who are those slashdot people? they swept over like Mongol-Tartars.'

The Nazgul.

Is she single? Looking? (5, Funny)

YetAnotherName (168064) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686298)

Come on, this is slashdot ... motorcycle riding photo-snapping babe through nuclear wasteland ... show me a geek that isn't drooling by now.

Re:Is she single? Looking? (5, Funny)

weeboo0104 (644849) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686339)

Tell me about it! I'm still looking for the picture of her in leather and a shotgun strapped to her bike, riding down the road.

Re:Is she single? Looking? (1)

lambent (234167) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686401)

Speaking of it being slashdot ... where are the dinks complaining about her grammatical skills? C'mon, I want a free lesson in professional writing from an AC!

Be ashamed. (-1, Troll)

reborn (224970) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686301)

I find it hard to believe how any American can feel proud after seeing such devastation caused by their country. Possibly the biggest atrocity ever committed by any country, or organisation, ever. That includes any "terrorist act" that the US seems so amazingly worried about.

Re:Be ashamed. (0, Troll)

reborn (224970) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686323)

(Oh, I wasn't suggesting that any American actually does feel proud, just a heat of the moment thing!)

Re:Be ashamed. (-1, Redundant)

reborn (224970) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686340)

Ooooooooooh shit, sorry, waaaaaaaaaaay off topic! /me begs forgiveness...

Umm, moron, this is about Russia. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686351)

You really don't know that Chernobyl is 1) in Russia, and was 2) built by Russia? This is all Russia's doing, not the US's.

Re:Be ashamed. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686358)

what in the flying fuck are you talking about, asshole?

Re:Be ashamed. (0, Redundant)

reborn (224970) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686396)

I blame the beer. Like I said in two other posts (?), I made a mistake, it's amazing how often people do actually make mistakes, learn to live with it fuckmook.

Favorite quote (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686309)

To die quietly human need to acquire a tan of 500 roentgen within 5 hours.

Chernobyl/Springfield (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686317)

"in year 1986 a guy named Akimov pushed wrong button and launched the biggest nuclear catastrophe ..."

Hmm, looks like they had a Russian version of Homer Simpson working there. He was probably looking for the "donut button".

Re:Chernobyl/Springfield (5, Funny)

weeboo0104 (644849) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686368)

Hmm, looks like they had a Russian version of Homer Simpson working there

D'ohsky!

Yesterday (0, Redundant)

Vilim (615798) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686318)

I saw this new page yesterday and when I visited it the hit counter was at about 6000 now it is at ~20000. Well show here who these Slashdot people are!

More importantly (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686326)

Where are her nude pics?

I for one.... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686334)

think she'd make a great candidate for a slashdot interview.....

They should try (0, Offtopic)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686335)

Scientology's Purification Rundown [purificationpgm.org] . Of course, they don't talk about the liver damage and other problems that might result. But they wouldn't lie, would they? (Oops, >a href="http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Narconon/source s/reports/hogg.htm">they might.)

wow... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686355)

wow, very poignant. It reminds us of the fragility of life.

The last few pages were difficult to view,of the preschool... /cry

Question for physics people (1)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686362)

Am I correct in assuming that roengen is the Russian term for rem, or are they using a different unit of measurement?

Thanks Michael! (-1, Troll)

Roofus (15591) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686370)

I appreciate you posting wonderfully enjoyable, happy, and uplifting story on a Friday night as I'm primping to get ready to hang out with some chicks for some pregame drinks and then hit the bars.

Way to bring me down, jerkoff!

who needs uranium when you have W (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686372)

Reminds me of this article about Economic Ghost Towns [gonewiththeworld.com]

What I would not give... (1)

Mr. Flibble (12943) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686387)

I have a few old bikes, specifically Nortons. I would really like to get my 1962 650 SS up and running and take it over there just to ride around.

Sure, it won't even come close to her bike - but hell, I wanted to get it restored and ride across Canada from coast to coast, now taking it to the ghost town seems somehow much more appealing.

I wonder how many people will start doing this?

In the end, I hope she makes some $$$ as a tour guide. Similar to what she mentions other people do.

holy shit (1)

NME (36282) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686388)

Tarkofsky [imdb.com] was a prophet! Down to the people making their living [angelfire.com] as guides in The Zone. But, of course we didn't need anything to fall from the sky. We did it ourselves. Yay us! -nme!

Quite a tan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8686390)

"to die quietly humans need to acquire a tan of 500 roentgen within 5 hours"

still impresive (1)

Ramss Morales (13327) | more than 10 years ago | (#8686402)

For some reason, that's one place I think I need to visit.

Can anyone explain how the trees got red because of the radiation? That IS scary.
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