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Ukrainian officials today sought to reassure the public that radiation levels were unaffected at Chernobyl and there was no safety threat after a 600-square-meter (6,500-square-foot) section of the roof collapsed on Tuesday. The collapse was caused by heavy snowfall, emergency authorities said.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/02/13/chernobyl_roof_partly_collapses_under_heavy_snow_everybody_should_be_absolutely_calm.html

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/02/13/chernobyl-radiation-roof-collapse/1915809/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomWorld-TopStories+%28News+-+World+-+Top+Stories%29

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis and Robert van deLeur for these links

“Not consistent with the global warming theory, but environmentalists are  paying attention to it because the heavy snow has collapsed the ruins of the famous Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” says Argiris.

 

7 Responses to Chernobyl roof partly collapses under heavy snow load

  1. Mirco Poletto says:

    WOW! Finally I can test my geiger counter… :(

  2. Jeremy in UK says:

    The issue here is the weight of snow – how much has there been?? The minor radiation risk that the whole place represents these days (and, perhaps, ever has) is negligible, and should not feature in the minds of sensible people.

  3. Claude says:

    A simple question for you (well, maybe not that simple): What can we expect in the southern hemisphere?
    I have been following the coming ice age theory for a short time and find it compelling in light of the recent weak summers. I have noticed that most of the information pointing towards big changes are Northern Hemisphere based…. there is little mention of the south (at least that I have found so far). There is certainly more social impact in the north, but what can people in Cape Town, Auckland and Buenos Aires expect over the next 10 plus years?

    Thank you for giving so much time and information to an idea that has been ignored or denied by most.

  4. Ken, UK says:

    One smells a troll my fellow countryman Jeremy. This summer go and visit Chernobyl’s nearby once housing and flats with the purpose of collecting anything useful eg money, valuables & jewellry, lead piping & copper wire etc. Armed guards won’t stop you because radiation-phobia keeps scroungers away. I’ll pay good price for the copper LOL

  5. kevin says:

    What the fukushima up with that.No problem in Japan either.

  6. Ken, UK says:

    No joke friends. Nuclear nonsense 1st learned about, age 5 scared me far worse than any talk of Robert’s ice ages. C’mon, Svalbard is not the place to build a seed bank is it, if the wretched seeds get buried under a km of ice so you cant extract them. Then, ref recent meteor strike in Chelyabinsk, learned the area is heavily dependant on nuclear energy for warmth and survival, glaciation will bulldoze down those reactors releasing nothing but large scale death. Has no-one carried out a serious risk assessment on the threat of ice and snow and how it may put an abrupt end to vodka swilling and hard partying North Russian life as they know it?


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