3.20.2008

Morbid Curiosity

. 3.20.2008

I have a habit of going off on tangential research binges based on slightly morbid subjects. I can spend hours wikapedia-ing historical serial killers, catastrophes, disasters, wars, historical world-leader assassinations, you name it. This evening I spent quite a bit of time reading up on everything I could regarding the Chernobyl Disaster as well as the Great Smog of 1952. Both were incredibly interesting to read about. Through my focused wanderings, I came across this website, which is for and by survivors and/or residents of Pripyat, the town most affected by the Chernobyl Disaster.

This is probably my most favorite image I came across. It's a photo of the Red Forest outside Chernobyl before it was bulldozed.



The name 'Red Forest' comes from the ginger-brown color of the pine trees after they died following the absorption of high levels of radiation from the Chernobyl accident on April 26, 1986. In the post-disaster cleanup operations, the Red Forest was bulldozed and buried in 'waste graveyards'. The site of the Red Forest remains one of the most contaminated areas in the world today.

2 Remarks:

MegRuth said...

I once watched a really incredible documentary about the affects of the Chernobyl on the generations post disaster.

It's almost as bad Agent Orange. Perhaps worse. I'm not sure.

P.S. I wish I could buy all the Marimekko fabric my heart desired.

Brady said...

I was just talking to Joe and Quinn about your "morbid curiosity". So it is apt that you would be looking up random stuff.

The Great Smog is pretty cool. Let's hope Salt Lake/Utah Valley never get that bad...

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