Johanna Faust, a mixed race Jew, prefers to publish pseudonymously. She is committed: to preventing war, ecological disaster, and nuclear apocalypse; to keeping information available and free; and to not only fighting for personal privacy, but, by representing herself as a soldier in that fight, to exhorting others to do the same. All these efforts find representation on her blog "ah, Mephistophelis," so named after the last line of Chirstopher Marlowe's in his famous Dr. Faustus, which, as some would have it, successfully flouted the censor for a time. A female Faust, she is a poet, always.

Tchernobyl: Second Explosion 'Which Would Have Wiped Out Half Of Europe' Was Feared, Fought, KEPT SECRET

From the intro:

"...yet it was thanks to these men that the worse was avoided -- a second explosion, ten times more powerful than Hiroshima, which would have wiped out half of Europe. This was kept secret [for the next 20 years] by the Soviets and the West alike. Many of these images have never been seen before..."

I didn't know that. Did you? I will see if I can dig up some broadcasts from the time -- let's see, April through November 1986. What were they telling us?  No harm to human health, no doubt.

My source:


 Be seeing you.

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