Chernobyl, 30 years later

I remember this like it was yesterday. I was 18 at the time (yes, I realize I’m dating myself here!), and scared shitless of the implications. All of Europe was in a panic, as was all of the former Soviet Union. 30 years later, the fallout is still being felt: radioactivity is still present, and people are still dying of cancer from it. And worse yet, the levels seem to be on the rise, because the old (hastily built) concrete “sarcophagus” around the power plant is falling apart, and badly needs to be replaced. Once more, the local authorities are in a race against time to avert an even bigger disaster.

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