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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Chernobyl Anniversary

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, the worst nuclear disaster to hit the earth. The effects are still being felt in the region, though whether certain disorders are a direct effect of the radiation exposure is still a point of debate. What is certain, however, is that the spike of thyroid cancer cases in Eastern Europe can be attributed to the high levels of radiation exposure that residents of the area received in the aftermath of the disaster.

This piece in the NY Times last week points out that effects of the disaster can be seen right here in New York City. There has been a sharp rise in thyroid cancer cases in the city, and experts have attributed that spike to the huge numbers of immigrants from Eastern European regions that have settled in New York, many of them Jewish, who were exposed to the highest levels of radiation in the wake of the meltdown.

Unfortunately, it seems the legacy of the Chernobyl disaster is only beginning to reveal itself.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the heck are you talking about?! The legacy of Chernobyl has been revealing itself for almost 150 years. The Chernobyl and Talner dynasties as well as many many other splinter groups have been producing Torah and Chassidus for years and years.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Still Wonderin' said...

All the more reason to flatten Iran. If those freaky bastards get nukes, who knows what havoc they'll wreak!!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Charlie Hall said...

To still:

What about North Korea. Iran doesn't have any nukes yet, just some centrifuges. But North Korea has nukes along with a government that makes Iran look like a paradise by comparison.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Hiroshima the worst nuclear disaster to hit the earth?

11:52 AM  
Blogger Levana said...

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1:39 PM  
Anonymous Naomi said...

It never ceases to amaze me what damage mankind can do to this earth.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Still Wonderin' said...

"Isn't Hiroshima the worst nuclear disaster to hit the earth?"

Maybe. But the fact that it's (with Nagasaki) the most justified cancels that out.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your post reminded me of this website...

KIDDofSPEED - GHOST TOWN - Chernobyl Pictures - Kidofspeed - ElenaCollection of photos of the Chernobyl area including walkdown comments, accident information and radioactivity data measurements.

kiddofspeed.com (sorry, no HTML)

an intermittent reader,
CJ

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how does the author of a post remove their comment? i don't see any way to do that.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Buy Generic Viagra said...

Yes, I'm totally agree with this, it was a terrible disaster, I have family there and they have told me that they still can feel the effects of that, I hope that they coming back soon to our country.

1:47 PM  

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