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29 de Abril 2006

Chernobyl Radiation Visualization in Google Earth

Last week, our friend Valery Hronusov from Russia's Academy of Science in Perm, Russia (aka Valery35 at the Google Earth Community) posted a series of Google Earth files to illustrate radiation quantities at the Chernobyl site. Chernobyl (located in Pripyat, Ukraine) was the site of the worst nuclear power disaster in history and occurred 20 years ago on April 26, 1986 (see Wikipedia story). It turns out Google Earth now has a high resolution photo for the Chernobyl disaster (not sure when that got added).

You can visit Chernobyl and see Valery's visualizations below. There are more examples in his post. Valery used a GIS tool he has helped develop called KMLer.

By the way, you would think the site of the worst nuclear disaster would be empty of life. But, in fact people work nearby there today. And animals have seen a startling comeback (in the absense of a lot of people living near the site). And trees have overtaken the nearby building northwest of the site. Read this BBC story about it.

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 29 de Abril 2006 a las 08:14 AM

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    Here's a website devoted to the author's motorcycle rides through and explorations of Chernobyl: http://www.kiddofspeed.com/

    Enviado por: Bill White at 29 de Abril 2006 a las 09:48 PM

    Regarding the statement: "By the way, you would think the site of the worst nuclear disaster would be empty of life. But, in fact people work nearby there today"

    This is true, but depends what is understood by 'nearby' - if you exclude workers still trying to make the site safe.

    National Geographic did an interesting feature in their April 2006 issue, including a map of the exclusion zone - there's a gate and guard house house 18 miles from the reactor apparently!

    Have a look at www.ngm.com/0604 for the story and pictures

    Enviado por: Roger Driver at 30 de Abril 2006 a las 06:08 AM

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