Deepcore

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For the flick The Abyss James Cameron wanted it to look as authentic as possible, and CGI was still a new thing, so it was decided to shoot underwater. Their were not tanks anywhere big enough to film in, so after some scouting, the crew came across an abandoned nuclear power plant on which construction was never competed. The studio bought up the property and converted it into a movie set, using the outbuildings as the interiors for the Deepcore station, but they also built a 1/8 scale exterior of the Deepcore set inside of the containment building of the reactor! Inside the reactor they were able to pump in 7 million gallons of water, to a depth of 40 feet, and completely submerge the set. After the movie was completed, it was pretty much abandoned. Over time, people have trashed the interiors, but exterior of Deepcore still exists. Check out links to some pictures and more after clicking Read the rest…

Chernobyl

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Chernobyl, Ukraine, Ocober 1995.
I have always been fascinated by the aftermath of the events that took place over 21 at the power plant outside of town Pripyat known as Chernobyl. On April 26, 1986 at 1:23 am a series of design flaws, human error and lack of communication merged resulting in the worst nuclear disaster of all time. The aftermath has caused the death of thousands of people, the abandoning of entire towns within 20 miles of reactor 4 and billions of dollars in clean up costs. Some people have been able to get into the exclusion zone with their cameras to show the rest of the world their results.

The first site I encountered years ago, Kidd of Speed was one of the first internet sites to show images of the area today. Their is controversy over the some of the details of her story, but her pictures speak for themselves.

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