amysteriousound-waves (amysteriousound) wrote in wtf_nature,

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Aftermath of Chernobyl disaster.

Don't know if anyone posted about this either. Quite possibly.


"On 26 April 1986 at 01:23:44 a.m. (UTC+3) reactor number four at the Chernobyl plant, near Pripyat in the Ukrainian SSR, exploded. Further explosions and the resulting fire sent a plume of highly radioactive fallout into the atmosphere and over an extensive geographical area. Nearly thirty to forty times more fallout was released than had been by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki."

Just a few photos I've come across. Quite sad & disturbing. Wasn't sure whether or not to post these ones since they are deformities caused by human-related radioactive incidents than nature.... but hey... I guess it's nature none-the-less.

1989, Ukraine --- Between 1989-1990, a notable increase in genetic malformations in animals was noted, in particular in calves and pigs. The following year, almost 400 deformed animals were born, but they only lived for a few hours. In 1990, Photographer Igor Kostin took photographs of these mutations, including this deformed calf, and sent them to Mikhail Gorbachev to encourage him set up an international commission to investigate the causes of the changes; he received no reply from the Soviet leader. In addition, Kostin gave a set of photographs to a Supreme Soviet deputy, Youri Chtcherbak, who showed them to the Congress of Deputies in Moscow, proclaiming, "If you don't want your children to look like this, you need to act." Since then, no government commission was created to investigate the phenomena caused, according to some, by radioactive leaks from the sarcophagus. --- Image by © Igor Kostin/Sygma/Corbis

1987, Ukraine, USSR --- In the years following the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, there was an increase in malformation in newly-born children in the Ukraine and Belarus. Many of these children were abandoned by their parents and left in special-care institutions. A deformed infant. --- Image by © Igor Kostin/Sygma/Corbis 

There are some more photos of Chernobyl (children & landscapes & abandoned items). Some of the children I figured were more disturbing so I didn't really want to post them up. But if you want to see more click away.
Tags: deformity, europe, human, mutations, repost
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