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Quotes from People Who Lived Around Chernobyl at Time of Disaster
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From reddit.com thread (http://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/86i8l/picture_tour_of_cherno...):
“I grew up about 100 mi from there. I remember when the evening news announced there was a "minor" incident and showed a very brief image of smoke rising in the distance. It didn't seem like anything serious...at least my father wasn't worried. Fuckers covered it up. And only started admitting what really happened when radiation was reaching Western Europe.
Then they offered free apartments and other perks for those who wanted to go and clear up the mess. Many who took the offer didn't need apartments when they got back -- they headed straight to the hospital and then to the cemetery. I heard stories of people being cooked alive, their meat was falling off they bones, yuk!
I also remember my mom's plants on the balcony died that summer. I don't know how much dosage we all absorbed.
Soon the refuges started coming in. The state relocated many of the families to different cities. Quite often, for some idiotic reason those refuges were shunned and stigmatized, as if they were cursed or somehow responsible for what happened. Looking back that seems very surreal, and ridiculous.
But then again the whole Soviet thing was just a big tragic joke. This kind of accident was bound to happen there sooner or later.”
“I was 5 at the moment, living in France. I don't remember it, but there was a cover up also in there. Officially, the radioactive cloud stopped right at the border, even though they knew of high levels of contamination in Corsica and southeastern France.”
“I was kid then (6 years old, so I don't remember much). I remember one day adults being very histeric. My parents took me and my brother to near health clinic. And we were asked to drink an awful tasting brown liquid.
I guess it was Lugol's iodine or something to protect thyroid. I don't know much about it so I could be wrong.
Wikipedia cites the US FDA:
Following the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster in April, 1986, a saturated solution of potassium iodide (SSKI) was administered to 10.5 million children and 7 million adults in Poland as a prophylactic measure against accumulation of radioactive iodine-131 in the thyroid gland.”
“in Romania we didn't even know anything happened - ceausescu's dictatorship regime kept all secret. After a few days though we received some medicine dosis, however the cloud already passed by, so I guess it was already too late. Things changed however, people got sick, vegetables never grew as they used to do”
“I'll second that. I used to live in Romania right near the border with Ukraine, and the evil bastards told us nothing for more than a week. The first my parents heard about it was from Radio Free Europe, then they panicked and started feeding my brother and I vitamin C and iodine, as if. And THEN they told us, by which time the cloud was on its way to Britain. Thing is, my little brother developed (a mild form of) epilepsy some five years later, despite there being no history of the disease in the family. He's all cured now, after ten years of pills, but I still wonder whether it had anything to do with Chernobyl. The final irony is that I grew up alright, and now live in Hiroshima, of all places. Go figure.”
“i was around 5 years old and in communist poland. by the time western europe had detected the "cloud" it had already passed over us. only then did the government officials tell us to stay indoors (too late at that point). but i do remember wanting to go play outside because it was a sunny day, and just couldn't understand why my parents wouldn't let me.”
“I was nine then. Living around seven hundred kilometers away, I remember a certain amount of panic even if we lived in socialist country.
First there were the pills (to protect us from the radiation, iodine based, I remember) they gave us at school, along with a couple free days until things cooled down (or the panic ended).
Second, everybody started digging wells and building water pumps, as they believed the water from the pipe was "unclean". Every bloc of flats had one or several of these pumps and people carrying buckets of water was an usual sight back then.”
“One of my students is from Kiev. He's in his thirties, so he's not much younger than me. (I'm an ESL teacher.) When I asked him if they were scared or angry that Swedish nuclear workers discovered the accident almost by accident, he loudly declaimed "That's not true, the radiation never blew that way, it never went to Europe, it was discovered by Russian scientists and there was never any danger!" I was too shocked to argue it with him. They'd been told something completely different and he really believed it.”
“My Russian History professor told us that she went to Russia to study not too long after the Chernobyl explosion happened and they were told not to eat any fresh fruit or vegetables b/c many of them came from that region. When she mentioned it to her Russian peers, they had no idea what she was talking about”
“I was about 5 yo back then, i was at my grandma's place and i remember the tanks on the streets of the small village i was at the time. I live in Romania(near Ukraine), a communist country back then, and i guess that the govt thought we were under attack, cause they registered high radiation coming from towards Ukraine...”
“I was 15 when it happened and living in north-east Italy, the region that was more severly hit by the radioactive cloud in Italy. I remember that we were told by authorities not to eat fresh vegetables, fruit, milk and mushrooms for several weeks. The TV news reported daily the air radioactivity level expressed in nanocuries. A friend of mine, my age, died of thyroid cancer about one year later, and a classmate of mine developed the same cancer within the next two years, but he survived. In both cases the doctors blamed the Chernobyl incident. Back then I really believed that my friends and I wouldn't have lived past the age of 25, but then the incident was slowly forgotten.”
“I lived in West Germany at the time. All of the parks and recreation areas had to be closed for a while and we had to stay inside I remember. Later they let you go to the parks but warned about digging in the sand pit and stuff. Very surreal for a small kid. My husband used to work for DOL and if you think America did not cover up its own nuclear fuck ups you are wrong. My favorite story was a lady who used to wash her husbands uniform after working all day at Hanford. She told my husband that when the cycle was done she would have to scoop out this yellow crud that would be all bulit up. He told her that it was yellow cake uranium and she was lucky to be alive. The husband was not so lucky.”
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