19 Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Posted on March 22, 2011 by team

Now when at the Fukushima nuclear power plant radiation leakage is taking place people recall the Chernobyl disaster with sadness. The latter happened in April, 26th, 1986 at one of the power-generating units of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The reactor was completely destroyed and a large amount of radioactive substance was thrown out into the environment so that the tragedy was considered the major of such kind.

This picture of Chernobyl atomic station, taken in 1986, shows the scale of explosion. 10 years after the station still continued its operation due to Ukrainian power needs. It was completely suspended only in 2000. (AP Photo/ Volodymyr Repik)

In 1991 one more fire took place. (AP Photo/Efrm Lucasky)

Chernobyl nuclear power plant aerial view. The picture was taken 3 days after the explosion of the 4th reactor. (AP Photo)

Picture from “Soviet life” magazine. Soviet government admitted that an emergency had taken place but gave no additional info. (AP Photo)

Swedish farmer takes away radioactive straw few months after the tragedy. (STF/AFP/Getty Images)

Soviet doctor examines an evacuated child. The picture was taken during a trip organized by the Soviet authorities to show how they cope with the consequences of the explosion. (AP Photo/Boris Yurchenko)

First Gorbatchev’s visit to the power plant on 23 February 1986.  (AFP PHOTO / TASS)

Kiev citizens are standing in a line to be checked for radioactive contamination. (AP Photo/Boris Yurchenko)

Boy reads the notice on a playground of Wiesbaden. A week after the Chernobyl tragedy all the children’s playgrounds in the town were closed due to radiation level. (AP Photo/Frank Rumpenhorst)


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19 Responses to “Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy”

  1. Corvin says:

    najbardziej to dzieci zal

  2. testicules says:

    What a waste of life and money

  3. Squirrelbutt says:

    Sad. It’s so weird to see a town completely deserted.

  4. Musa says:

    It doesn’t look like that nurse (in photo with the young child crying) is having much luck.

    I wonder how many babies and children died from health issues caused by exposure to the radiation released from the explosion/accident at Chernobyl?

  5. RAB says:

    tell me how did the Japanese expect to survive a tsunami wave when they build there reactors at sea level?

    • DavidDerKlabauter says:

      good question… but take into consideration you need to build nuclear reators close to a water source due to high coolant demands. desalinated seawater works very well and is abundant, so it’s not surprising they build npps along coastlines.

  6. Otis R. Needleman says:

    We owe a debt of gratitude to the people who stopped the fire, cleaned up, and built the sarcophagus. They sacrificed themselves for the rest of us.

  7. CZenda says:

    The last picture seems a bad joke. Are the people REALLY sweeping a dry radioactive dust with birch sweeps and without any protection :?:

  8. moo says:

    If I remember correctly Belarus took the brunt of the contamination. I’m so happy i came out normal.

  9. RuKsaK says:

    I used to teach at the Nuclear Power Institute in Moscow. Some of the guys there (top USSR nuclear experts) were not informed of Chernobyl until 3 days after it had blown up. Some of them heard about it on the Russian language BBC World service when it happened and told me stories of how they knew it had happened, but couldn’t tell anyone.

    It’s not mere coincidence that this happened 5 years before the collapse of the Soviet Union – it certainly contributed.

  10. 'merican says:


  11. bootdog7 says:

    I guess this goes to show that it’s harder to build containment after the fact…that’s why you have it in the first place.

  12. forehead says:

    People of the former GDR dying today in the Age of 30 by cancer – result of drinking contamined milk back in 1986.

    GDR government kept contamined milk (700 times more than normal level) confidential.

  13. AJ Skinner 1000 says:

    And yet they are operating 3 remaining reactors of THIS power plant?

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