11 Chernobyl Right After the Explosion: Photos and Facts

Chernobyl Right After the Explosion: Photos and Facts

Posted on April 26, 2014 by tim

Мore than 600,000 people worked on the cleanup of the Chernobyl accident. Those who arrived on the scene in the first few months after the accident got to do the most difficult and dangerous jobs. What was it like 28 years ago?

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In mid-August 1986 the reactor was "pacified" (fading and cool), the threat of a "nuclear explosion" was excluded, and the threat of thermal explosions was minimal.


Сoncrete pumping machines (a very rare unit in the USSR) and a concrete truck are clearly visible in the photo.

The white house had lead walls and roof. This reduces the level of radiation. They were paid five times their normal salary and were to get a "Lada" without having to queue for it. But it is unknown which of them managed to get a Lada...
Here is the paradox of the Soviet times - a Lada is worth the same as a life.

Liquidators in black overalls and white caps go down the ladders during the building of the sarcophagus. It is very likely that they are no longer alive.


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11 Responses to “Chernobyl Right After the Explosion: Photos and Facts”

  1. Otis R. Needleman says:

    I thank these brave people for their work. Otherwise, things could have been much worse. Their work and sacrifices were not in vain.

  2. Darius says:

    There is a good documentary by BBC from about 1991 in English/Russian language.
    They tell the story of reactor and nuclear fuel investigations after the sarcophagus was built. It was because they feared a secondary explosion of the fuel. Some scientist climbed onto the reactor!

  3. unknown says:

    I think it’s high time the authors of English Russia actually learn some English. The articles are simply hard to read. Sometimes I have to reread the same sentence a few times before I understand what he’s trying to say.

    • tim_post says:

      or rename the whole thing into Engrish-Russia?

    • Liam of London says:

      Unknown – maybe it has escaped you that the author is Russian and does not know English that well.

      Tell me – how good is your Russian? It should be as good as the author’s Engish – if not, please climb down from your high horse.

      Yes, the translation is not always spot on – but the message is mostly understood if you have the interest and patience.

    • Tim says:

      Don’t be a dick. It adds charm to the website. Poor stupid you if you have to re-read a sentence. How’s your Russian?

    • L'hiver says:

      How lucky that your Russian is flawless, and your English prose exemplary, so you can contribute!
      Or perhaps your English isn’t as good as you think if you struggle so much to grasp the meaning in the face of some obvious ESL grammatical lapses.

    • Phredy says:

      I hope it is a little easier to read now.

  4. dagar says:

    If you want to know what “hard” is, try to navigate a Russian website using Google Translate. I do, sometimes, because I’m interested in their topics, doing it that way is definitely hard. Anyhow, the English here is mostly pretty good (though not perfect), and definitely way better than my Russian. Thanks, ER!

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