Most of this was taken from www.jvim.com
An independent Russian investigation of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown has found that the accident will have long-term catastrophic consequences for the Ukraine.
So serious are the effects of the radiation leakage at the power plant, the experts suggest, that the history of mankind is being divided into two epochs -- before Chernobyl and after.
Indeed, what happened on April 26, 1986, was a disaster of unprecedented proportions. When the reactor surged out of control, a steam explosion pierced the roof. Without coolant, 150 tons of uranium fuel quickly melted into lava and filled the basement of the plant. A hydrogen explosion ignited blocks of graphite, shooting a plume of radioactive material a mile into the sky. The 2 million pound concrete lid of the reactor was blown into the air. The ensuing fire raged out of control for three weeks, spreading poisonous iodine-131 and other toxics throughout Europe. About 125,000 Ukrainians have already died as a result. The radiation released was 10 times higher than the bomb at Hiroshima. One million extra cancer cases are predicted worldwide within the next 70 years. More than 200 million people have been subjected to excess radiation because of Chernobyl.
"The number of mutations and thyroid gland cancer cases among children has increased," says Professor Elena Burlakova, chairman of the Radio-Biological Scientific Council of the Russian Federation. "But a full-blown scientific explanation of all this does not exist. In Russia, the Obninsk Radiological Center is examining the problem of thyroid gland afflictions. Its work indicates that a global ecological disaster took place in April 1986, and as a result, living conditions have changed. The newly introduced background radiation has influenced the immunity of population. In contaminated zones, preventive measures now are being put into practice, but only with extreme hesitation," she was quoted as saying in the prestigious Krieble Institute Monitor.
Professor Vladimir Shevchenko, director of a laboratory that studies the effects of radiation on genes, says 4,500 forms of genetic mutations threaten the human race as a direct result of the Chernobyl disaster.
To make matters worse, the concrete structure that they encased the reactor in as a temporary barrier to prevent further leaks, has begun to deteriorate. Rainwater has gotten in through cracks in the roof, contaminating the water, and decomposing the container's support structure. Unless something is done, it is only a matter of time before the area becomes lethal again. I dont feel that the third trumpet sounded the first time around but during the great tribulation, God could use Chernobyl to burn like a torch, contaminating a third of the waters, and causing many more men to die and fulfill the prophecy.
Anyway, we can go on and on about this. We definitly have different views about this. I would be down with getting together sometime with you and any others interested, Lance?, and having a discussion about this. I find this type of stuff very interesting. But it all depends on when, and where, my schedule is fairly busy these days.