by Bruce Duncan,
in Online Catholics: an independent Australian ejournal (17 May 2006). With permission.
On the night of 25-26 April, 1986, one of the four nuclear reactors at Chernobyl in the north of Ukraine exploded. According to a conservative estimate, it released a hundred times more radiation than the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Shifting winds carried the radioactivity not just over Ukraine, Belarus and parts of Russia, but over much of Europe, especially Poland and Sweden, and even England and the United States…
The Chernobyl incident has become more significant currently because of the new debate about nuclear energy as a way of reducing global warming. There is a concerted campaign to expand our mining and sales of uranium, and perhaps even to build nuclear energy plants in Australia.
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