Sunday was the 25th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant accident. Next month will mark the 18th anniversary of the disaster in Chernobyl.
So I guess it wasn’t surprising that Coast-to-Coast AM host Art Bell mentioned a Web site known as “Riding Through Chernobyl” last night while I was driving to Eugene. The Web site is run by Elena, a young woman who enjoys taking trips through the Chernobyl “dead zone” on her Kawasaki motorcycle. She might be extremely brave or stupid, but she certainly takes some haunting photographs of the desolate area.
We can always debate about the dangers or benefits of nuclear power, but if something happens it’s undeniable that life will get pretty ugly for anyone who resides nearby.