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Monday, April 26, 2010

LINDSAY SELBY: The Black Bird of Chernobyl

Mothman was said to have been seen when disaster threatened. It is not the only winged creature to be seen before a disaster. The Black Bird of Chernobyl was said to herald the explosion at a nuclear plant in the Ukraine. On April 26, 1986, a massive explosion rocked the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Thirty people died immediately, followed by other deaths from radiation poisoning. For nine days the reactor continued to burn, resulting in tremendous environmental damage. The local population has suffered with the consequences ever since. The Chernobyl Disaster, as it was called, is considered the worst accident in the history of nuclear power.

In the days before the tragic occurrence several Chernobyl employees had reported seeing a large, dark/ black shape like a headless man with gigantic wings and red, fire-like, eyes. As with the appearances of Mothman, people who had seen the phenomena had been having nightmares and some received strange phone calls. Some of the employees reported the strange things to their supervisors at the plant. Whether any sort of action was taken is unknown. After the explosion helicopters were brought in to drop extinguishing agents on the flames. Some of the pilots and the surviving workers said they saw a giant black bird flying away from the smoking reactor. Described by many as “a large black, bird-like creature, with a 20-foot wingspan, gliding through the swirling plumes of smoke." The bird has not been seen again.

The theory out forward was that the bird was a rare black stork. However, the stork has a clear visible head and its wingspan is only about 6 feet (1.9 metres), and it stands about 3 feet (1 metre) tall. It also would not explain the strange dreams and phone calls. So was this winged creature a portent of the disaster? There are other tales such as (but not the only story) Mothman about winged creatures being seen before disaster. We can only wait and see if more tales surface, though I rather hope they don’t if it portends something bad happening.

2 comments:

Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

Years ago, when I was a mere student at a certain research station "down south" [1], a curious tale reached my ears. It seems that quite a lot of routine sampling goes on, and one out-station routinely sucks air through large filter papers, to get a baseline reading for how much atmospheric particulate is in the air.

This place has been taking these samples for decades, and there exist records of baseline air samples going back before World War 2, with but one break in recording.

For the few days that the Chernobyl cloud was over the UK, the filters were apparently much dirtier than was normal; almost black sometimes. No analysis was done on these filters, for a man from the Government arrived and demanded that all the samples be handed over for special analysis, the results to be sent back. No results were ever forthcoming. It would appear that HM Government preferred that the contamination levels were kept secret, for some reason.


[1] I could be more specific here, but frankly would prefer not to since keyword searches might bring more scrutiny than I like.

Geordie-dave said...

Its weird that this story should appear now, as I going to Belarus in 2 weeks time on a Chernobyl related buisness.
I am going to meet the family of a young girl who has stayed with my wife and I for one month for the last five years for health reasons relating to the contamination of her home town by fall-out from Chernobyl.
7 months ago a married couple in their 40's reported to me they had seen a tall black red eyed figure right here in my home town.
Strange, but as Doc Shiels would say "There is no such thing as a coincidence."