March 28, 1979 . . . Do you remember? We grew up less than 3 miles from #TMI aka Three Mile Island. I (Jana) was 14 and in 10th grade, so I remember it well. It was a scary time.
I was in school, which was farther away than home. We were herded into the auditorium and just spent the day there . . . waiting. Many parents picked up thier kids, mine did not.
And this was, of course, before cell phones, so we had no personal communication. We would get news updates and it was frightening!
When it was time to go home, I wasn't sure what was going to be waiting. I assumed they wouldn't let the bus take us home if home was gone, but . . .
Home was still there, thankfully, along with my family. We hibernated in the basement for a day or two, because that's what the news reports were telling us to do. No need to evacuate . . .
Finally, we packed up and evacuated to a family cabin a couple hundred miles away. Lots of family was there, so it was fun.
Now, TMI is completely shut down. Unit 2, the troublesome one, pic 2, was deactivated after the accident. The base of it's 2 cooling towers are open, stripped of the rooms it housed.
Unit 1, pic 3, was closed recently. Nuclear energy is no longer economically sound, at least here in central PA.
But it will always be a vivid memory for me.
#completerandomness #grateful #thankful #blessed #PAProud #susquhannariver #threemileisland #nuclearpower #nolongerworking #iwasscared #march281979 #whatreallyhappened - 13 days ago