After Fukushima

The Nuclear Zombie in Your Backyard: Should You Be Afraid?

Mary Mycio

Mary Mycio
August 13
Kipling Global Media, LLC
Author, "Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl". Recently finished a thriller about nuclear smuggling.


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AUGUST 25, 2011 2:22PM

Nuclear Family Bonds



For 25 years, Hiroshima was the elder brother to Chernobyl.  Now Chernobyl is elder brother to Fukushima.” 


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APRIL 25, 2011 7:59PM

Chernobyl: A Photoessay

The V.I. Lenin Atomic Energy Station at Chernobyl first went online in 1977, when Leonid Brezhnev was the USSR's increasingly incoherent General Secretary.  By the time the #4 reactor was completed in 1983, Soviet spymaster Yuri Andropov was in charge.  When that reactor exploded in the wee… Read full post »

APRIL 6, 2011 7:37PM

Nuclear Worst Cases

While the world’s nuclear energy  powers convened in Vienna on Monday  to report on what their countries have done to meet their obligations under the 1994 Convention on Nuclear Safety, we won't know much about it.  The proceedings are secret. But surely the most attention will b… Read full post »

APRIL 4, 2011 9:19PM

The UN's Chernobyl Victims

As the world continues to watch the multiple disasters unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors in Japan and comparisons with Chernobyl become not only apt but advised, a variety of real and imagined experts have been referring to the 2005 United Nations report on the disaster’s long… Read full post »

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MARCH 30, 2011 9:01PM

Level 7 at Fukushima

When Japan announced on Tuesday that the nuclear calamity at Fukushima is now a Level 6 on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), just behind Chernobyl at a Level 7, they finally admitted what many experts had already understood by late last week -- Fukushima was far, far worse than the… Read full post »

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MARCH 27, 2011 7:17PM

Fukushima could be worse than Chernobyl

When Austria's central weather agency announced last week that in just the first three or four days of Japan's ongoing nuclear emergency, the  Fukushima Daiichi plant released 20% of the iodide-131 and 50% of the cesium-137 released from Chernobyl, the message got a little lost in the news overl… Read full post »

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MARCH 13, 2011 7:16PM

The Carbon Chernobyl

Chernobyl forests grow on radioactive waste

 Chernobyl forests grow on radioactive waste

As Japan races to cool its tsunami-damaged nuclear reactors, the talking heads and internets are buzzing with reignited passions over nuclear energy.  With climate change fueling renewed interest in low-carbon nuclear, Fukushima’s/… Read full post »

MARCH 11, 2011 7:46PM

Is Fukushima another Chernobyl?




While hoping for the best after watching the explosion at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in the wake of yesterday’s devastating 8.9 earthquake, it is unfortunately worth pointing out that the world was just about due for a similar accident. 

This April… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 14, 2011 3:39PM

Orange Reflections on Egypt

Egyptians have freed themselves of a tyrant. They felt the headiness of their own power, but largely kept it peacefully harnessed. They deserve celebration. Yet, watching the jubilation on the streets of Cairo and the gradual return to a new normalcy over the weekend reminded me of a more familiar po… Read full post »

JANUARY 21, 2011 6:16PM


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JANUARY 21, 2011 3:22PM

The Chernobyl Biker That Wasn’t


The internet hoax is a special category of online selfhoods that garners nearly four million results when you google it, more than four times as many as “internet troll”. Many of the results concern Nigerian scammers and the like. But some are about the imposters, the elaborate fi… Read full post »