Chernobyl Museum in Kiev

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The Chernobyl Museum in Kiev, Ukraine

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Jerry Kenney is a travel writer in Northern California. He is a frequent traveler. He has been on all the seven continents and visited 125 countries in every parts of the world.

Bb> ” … the greatest technological disaster in human history!” — Anatolly Koliadin

My wife and I visited the Chernobyl Museum in Kiev, Ukraine in August of 2013. Our tour group met Anatolly Koliadin, who had worked in the nuclear power plant during the disaster. Our guide translated as he talked to us.

Anatolly Koliadin, an electrical engineer, was born in Russia. In 1985, he was sent to the Ukraine to work at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. His job was to manage alarms and the electronic systems used to monitor the performance of the four nuclear reactors.

Anatolly was at home with his wife at 1:23 a.m. on April 26, 1986, when the nuclear power facility experienced catastrophic failure. Because it was pitch dark, and all electrical power was immediately lost, no one could see precisely what had happened. To address the lack of information and the potential danger, Chernobyl’s managers established three priorities.

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The Romeo Pier at Half Moon Bay 1944 – 2018

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By Jerry Kenney — August 10, 2018

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Jerry Kenney is a travel writer in Northern California. He is a frequent traveler. He has been on all the seven continents and visited 125 countries in every parts of the world.

The Romeo Pier at Half Moon Bay 1944 — 2018

The Romeo Pier was constructed in 1944 to supply sardines and other fish harvested by local fishermen to the Romeo Fish Market in San Francisco. During its heyday, trucks hauled six to seven tons of fish a day from the pier to the wholesale market on Pacific Street in San Francisco. During June of 2018, at a cost of $2.3 million, the iconic but dilapidated Romeo Pier in Half Moon Bay was dismantled and removed.

It is not possible to separate the history of the pier from that of Tony Romeo, the man who, starting in 1945, continuously repaired the wood-framed, wooden decked, 690-foot-long pier that was supported by round wooden pilings for more than 40 years. The pier required constant maintenance and the replacement of rotting parts over more than four decades of exposure to the cold, foggy, stormy, marine environment of the central California coast. Generators, winches, pumps, water pipes, plumbing, electrical wiring, sewage lines, enormous freezers, and other equipment had to be kept operational despite heavy rains, high winds, strong currents, power failures, and other ongoing problems. Over decades of dealing with local fishermen and restaurants, Tony earned their respect with his fairness and honesty.

In the Half Moon Bay area between the two world wars the catch peaked in 1936 when 750,000 tons of fish were harvested. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, commercial fishing at Princeton boomed again; in 1950, 318,000 tons of sardines were harvested. A combination of factors reduced the yield to just 2,562 tons three years later. The sardine boom had ended; salmon, crabs, and rockfish became the focus of a much smaller fishing fleet.

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A Survivor’s Story

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Editor’s note: iEXPOSED.us welcomes Jerry Kenney to our growing list of contributors. Mr. Kenney is a travel writer in Northern California. He is a frequent traveler. He has been on all the seven continents and visited 100s of countries in every parts of the world.

Shortly after 8:00 am on a warm sunny summer day, 15-year-old Lee rode his bicycle past a domed government building toward a shop where he worked near the city’s main railroad station. Ten minutes later as he arrived at work, Lee saw a brilliant flash of light. Because his country was at war he immediately fell to the ground, covered his eyes, and plugged his ears with his fingers.

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