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Is It Safe To Visit Nuclear Disaster Sites?

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“Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever construct a mousetrap.” 

-Albert Einstein

There was a time when countries and nation-states were in the rat race to acquire the monopoly over nuclear weapons. That was the time when the nuclear proliferation of these weapons was growing at an increasing rate. The weapon states and non-weapon states were at loggerheads with each other. Sooner and later, every country embarked on their individual capacity to build nuclear reactors and now if we look back, no good was achieved. The hunger games to redistribute the balance of power has led to the loss of lives and abandonment of places where once life perpetrated in the underbelly of once-safe nuclear disaster sites. Nuclear disasters occurred and left a legacy no one wanted. We earned but at what cost? Now that we are tackling with an invisible enemy ourselves, here’s a look at what these nuclear disaster sites look like today and whether it is safe to pay a visitation or not.

 

CHERNOBYL, 26 April 1986

More than 33 years ago, Chernobyl became the world’s worst nuclear disaster site. The plant crew intentionally switched off the safety systems to test the turbine.

Chernobyl has been opened to tourists and public since 2011 when the government authorities deemed it safe to visit. Given that you follow the orders of the tourist guide, you can prevent the radioactive from perpetrating your body.

The main danger is not radiation anymore, but the unsafe structures which have been deserted for 30 years, and lots of metal has been stripped away. So go around in groups, and obey the guide’s instructions.

 

FUKUSHIMA, 11 March 2011

The Dai-ichi nuclear power plant spewed radiation across dozens of towns, triggering a 10 mile evacuation zone. Following a major earthquake, a 15-metre tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors, causing a nuclear accident on 11 March 2011. All three cores largely melted in the first three days.

9 years after the nuclear accident, Fukushima is expectantly opening up for Tokyo Olympic games 2020. The Japan government declares that Fukushima is under control.

 

TRINITY SITE, NEW MEXICO, 16 July 1945

One week after the establishment of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated in the north-central portion of the missile range, approximately 60 miles north of White Sands National Monument.

This site is now open to the public twice a year. It is located on the White Sands Missile Range which is an active military installation in New Mexico. The atmosphere is quite a circus with people bringing screaming kids, strollers, beer coolers, bicycles, dogs, and everything else you could think of.

 

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Top Incredible Natural Phenomenons On Earth

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Nature is mysterious and unpredictable and often leaves us open-mouthed at the inexplicable manifestations of its power. Our planet earth is bursting with amazing natural beauty, from stunning white sand beaches to the spectacular mountains. So, it’s no doubt that the earth is a wonderful place. But some things are like no other and can truly take our breath away. And it might be hard to believe that these marvels actually exist! Though you may think moving rocks and blood-coloured rain is some sort of joke or miraculous occurrence, science has an explication for almost everything. Let us dive into the list already.

1. Lightning storm In Venezuela

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Via The Guardian

Lightning storms are a beautiful, but also quite scary, atmospheric phenomenon. The bright bolts are triggered when the electrical activity is particularly abundant during a storm. The longest and most intense lightning storm recorded lasted for hours on end and occurred in Los Angeles 9 July 1999. The highest rate of lightning storms was recorded in Venezuela close to the Maracaibo lake with 232 flashes of lightning per year and square kilometre.

2. Frozen Bubble Lake In Canada

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Frozen bubbles lie beneath Lake Abraham creating a unique mountain view. The decaying plants on the bed of the lake release methane which becomes trapped just below the surface as the lake begins to freeze in Winter. But don’t be fooled by the beauty, the bubbles are made from pockets of highly flammable methane and while being relatively harmless, if you light a match there’s a good chance the bubbles will explode!

3. Pororoca In Brazil

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Occasionally with the full moon in February and March, where the Amazon River meets the Atlantic Ocean, you can find waves up to 13 feet high. A very special day for surfers, who can not wait to jump in the river with their boards, but feared by the natives for the dangerous force of the waves. The name comes from- poros-poros which in the indigenous language of Tupi means great destructive noise.

4. The Amazing Bioluminescent Waves 

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Luminous shorelines light up many beaches across the world, but the most popular destinations to witness the magical phenomenon are the Maldives, Thailand, Puerto Rico and Japan. The bright green-blue glow comes from concentrated populations of microscopic phytoplankton that are bioluminescent, meaning their chemical energy emits light, resulting in beautiful illuminating waves.  Put your hand in the water and it will make it glow even more. So beautiful, isn’t it?

5. The Light Pillars

Via Business Insider

Light pillars form the illusion that bands of light are beaming down on earth, or that poles of light are shooting into the sky. This effect is actually just a reflection of light from lots of tiny ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. The light usually comes from the sun but it can also be reflected from the moon and has been witnessed in many locations including Canada, Wyoming and Stockholm.

6. Blue Volcano Mountain

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This volcano is like no other when it erupts with radiant electric-blue lava. However, this mystical phenomenon is only visible at night as during the day it appears to look like an ordinary volcano. The blue colour appears when the flames mix with the sulphuric gases in temperature of above 360°C, and at times, the lava flows down the rocks making it look like blue lava is spilling down the mountainside.

7. Aurora Borealis

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Each year, many people hope to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights of earth. The incredible light show occurs when electrically charged particles released from the sun enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gases in the air, resulting in countless bursts of light. The captivating phenomena is much more visible under clear and dark skies, away from artificial light. Want to know more about this? Then you should also read- Aurora Borealis – Earth’s Incredible Light Show

 

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Top 10 Places To Visit In Goa

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Goa is one of those places known for its rich history and culture. However, visitors often tend to skip a lot of the beauty of the city in pursuit of its nightlife. The beaches of South Goa, not to forget are another site that travelers tend to love. Amidst all of this, the travelers forget about what the state offers them to do in Panjim, its bustling city center.

Panjim, or Panaji, is the capital city of Goa. Additionally, the city is the most important social, political and cultural center of the state. Here is a list of things that one can do in the capital city.

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Visit the Latin Quarter aka Fountain

Goa was a Portuguese colony, and one can feel the multicultural influence throughout the state in terms of languages, architecture, religion and people. But this increases in a particular neighbourhood like Fountain has (aka the Latin Quarter). It is a UNESCO Heritage site. The travellers can easily feel the most vibrant remnants of Portuguese influence. The travelers can dedicate a few hours to understand the beauty of this site. Additionally, also try to understand the infrastructure, European houses and mansions with colorful facades that may remind the travelers of Lisbon.

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See the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church

An eye-catching monument is hard to miss when you are in the city. Additionally, it is one of the most revered churches outside of the Old Goa. The church is famous for its distinctive zigzagging stairs. Furthermore, these stairs came into existence only in the 19th century, i.e., after 200 hours of the construction of the church. You can also enjoy the beautiful view from the Praca da lgreja among the many beaches. The site is worth the walk and gets the taste of this beautiful church.

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Nightlife of Panjim

One of the best places to enjoy the nightlife in the city is Joseph Bar. You can visit this bar till 11 PM, thereby making it an amazing spot for warming up local beers.

Further, if you are a karaoke fan, then one can go to Down the Road next. Additionally, it is a place to hang out over a beer or local dishes while listening to the performance of local musicians.

Still, want more? If you want something more from the nightlife of the city, consider visiting the floating casinos of Goa that is located on a cruise ship along the Mandovi River.

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Explore the Local Gastronomy of Panjim

The city is best famous for its local dishes. Head on to these places to enjoy the local cuisine.

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Viva Panjim

The place offers the local Goan cuisine and wonderful customer service. Try to reach at time, because it gets too crowded.

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Hospedaria Venite

It is counted amongst the best restaurants of the state. A charming restaurant, it offers an atmosphere that tends to transport you from India to Lisbon or Havana.

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Shopping in Panjim

The city is also a heaven for shopping lovers. You can take a walk down M.G.Road and 18th June Road, and find stores, both international and local. Other shopping places are Panjim Municipal Market, Chumbak, O.M.O, etc.

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Bollywood World Tour

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Travel the world through movies. Read this list of recommendations and set on your very own Bollywood World Tour with your favorite stars.

Bollywood has usually used a lot of fancy locations and set abroad. However, with time the focus has shifted from just using different spots and locations to using different travel destinations as a part of the plot. Therefore, there is this beautiful amalgamation of movies and travel that has come out as a result. The viewers are surely enjoying it. With a lot of workplaces still shut and indoor life still holding out to us, here is how you can travel the world. In addition, there are Bollywood stars to give you a company here. In conclusion, you can travel the world along with great stories and your favorite movie stars. Here is a new binge watch list for you!

Bollywood World Tour List

1. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Credits: Bollywood Hungama

ZNMD, as it is famously known is has become the travel goal of many. It has also brought back the trend and craze of road trips. It takes you through Spain. This movie offers you a lot more. In addition, to the destinations of Spain, the movie also offers an experience of some thrilling and famous activities like scuba diving, La Tomatina Festival, Sky Diving and Bull Run. Indeed, the movie is a complete package.

Have you read Virtual Scuba Diving To Beat The Heat?

2. English Vinglish 

Credits: Jio Cinema

English Vinglish takes you through the fast pace life in New York. In this movie, Gauri Shinde captures the New York life and iconic spots in the city.

3. Queen

 

4. Cocktail

Cocktail is truly a visual treat. It has different landmarks in London. For instance, you can see Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, and Brick Lane, Colville Gardens (Notting Hill), Portobello Road, Borough Market, and Battersea Park.

Also, the song, Tum Hi Ho Bandhu Sakha Tumhi has been shot in Cape Town.

5. Dil Dhadakne Do 

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There are a few people in the industry who know their craft the way Zoya Akthar does. Zoya has done a commendable job by creating a whole movie shot on a cruize. In addition, the movie has a multi-star cast which would have surely been hard to manage. However, Zoya has done it beautifully.

The movie gives a taste of the cruize life. In addition, it takes us on a tour of exotic destinations of Turkey. For instance, you can see Galata Towe s Sophia, the Bosphorus Bridge, r, Eminonu promenade and the popular Taksim Square.

6. PK

The movie PK covers locations of canals, streets and colonial buildings of Burges in Belgium.

7. Tamasha 

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We all know about the famous dialogue from the movie “What happens in Corsica stays in Corsica”. Evidently, the movie captures amazing scenery and life on the French island of Corsica.

8. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil 

A lot of this movie is set in Europe. Watching this movie will take you through some iconic locations at Europe. In addition, you will also get to see London, Paris and Austria. The romantic locations can be toured with a romantic and emotional story along with it. Also, the story has Aishwariya Rai, Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor in it.

In addition, there is a power-packed cameo with amazing dialogues by none other than SRK.

9. Harry Met Sejal

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Another Europe tour is on the list if you are planning to watch Harry Met Sejal. For instance, the movie covers locations of Prague, Lisbon, Vienna, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Budapest. In addition, Imtiaz Ali makes a good attempt at showing the culture, landmarks and life of the locals there.

10. Anjaana Anjaani

The movie sees the lead actors Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra Jonas who set out on a road trip. This trip starts from New York going all the way to Las Vegas. In addition, one also gets to see the high-end bars Las Vegas is famous for.

 

In addition, check out Virtual Travel 2020: Sightseeing

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