19 Years On
Listening to the radio this morning on my way to Naas, I was reminded that today marks the 19 year anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Adi Roche also brings it into perspective that if any more than the 3% of the reactors power was released in the explosion, Europe basically wouldn’t exist. Or at least be uninhabitable. The phrase “80 times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb” was being used all too often. Surely that miracle is due to the efforts of the people sent in to contain the fires and build the sarcophagus around the reactor. 25,000 of these people are already dead, leaving another 70,000 dying. She went on to add that the full effects of the disaster are not yet known and will not become evident for another 50 years. Without constant reinforcement and rebuilding is Chernobyl’s nuclear facility just another accident waiting to happen? Adi Roche seems to think so.