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by Pierpaolo Mittica

from his “Chernobyl: The Hidden Legacy” Book

Chernobyl has demonstrated that the earth is too small a place for a nuclear accident to happen.

Chernobyl is not the past,
Chernobyl is not history,
Chernobyl is the beginning.

With these words, photographer/author Pierpaolo Mittica states the premise of his passionate personal mission to investigate, research, document and expose the catastrophe that remains and continues 21 years after the nuclear explosion at Chernobyl in 1986.

More than one million people have already died from Chernobyl, yet the tragedy continues to take its toll. “At the present time nine million people in Belarus, Ukraine and western Russia continue living in areas with very high levels of radioactivity, consuming contaminated food and water””

– Jim Casper

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Oiled Bird - Black Sea Oil Spill 11/12/07 by marinephotobank.

by Igor Golubenkov

from marinephotobank flickr

“Oil covers a seabird on the beach on the Tuzla Spit in the Kerch Strait which connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov.

Because the storm in the Strait of Kerch is getting stronger, there is no possibility to stop the flow of oil in the sea andorganize its collection and removal. The black oil stains are taking over the entire marine territory and the catastrophe is becoming bigger and bigger.

And thus, the ancient land of Taman has gotten a full taste of what oil is. This is by no means economic prosperity, as many investors have promised. It is dead birds and fish, a polluted sea and beaches. The fuel oil left on the bottom of the sea will be long remembered, and will continue to poison the region’s maritime ecosystem for many years”

– Andrey Rudomaha, Victoria Kucherenko

(Environmental Watch on the North Caucasus)

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