Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

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.

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

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)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

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

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

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

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

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

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

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

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

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)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

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

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

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

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

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)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

One of the engineers, who worked at the atomic station, is being examined by doctors a few weeks after the explosion. (STF/AFP/Getty Images)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Activists of an environmental protection organization mark the cars which carried dry radioactive serum in Bremen, Germany. (AP Photo/Peter Meyer)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Slaughterhouse worker stamps non-radioactive carcasses in Frankfurt am Mein. (AP Photo/Kurt Strumpf/stf)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Archive picture of 14 April 1998. Workers pass the control panel of the destroyed 4th power unit. (AFP PHOTO/ GENIA SAVILOV)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

4th power-generating unit control panel, 14 April 1998. (AFP PHOTO/ GENIA SAVILOV)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

“We’ll carry out the task of the government!”- slogan of the workers who took part in construction a containment over the destroyed reactor. (AP Photo/ Volodymyr Repik)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

High-voltage towers in Chernobyl. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Operator on duty writes down the indices of the single operating reactor #3 on 20 June 2000.

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

17-year old Oksana and 15-year old Alla are being treated with infra-red rays in a children’s hospital in Cuba. Hundreds of Russian and Ukrainian teenagers who got a dose of radiation were treated for free in Cuba. (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Baby in Minsk children’s oncology and haematology center, built after the Chernobyl tragedy. 18 April 2006. (VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

View of the town of Pripyat and the 4th reactor on the day of the station full suspension, 15 December 2000. (Photo by Yuri Kozyrev/Newsmakers)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Ferris wheel in an amusement park of the ghost town of Pripyat. About 45 000 people, who lived in the town in 1986, were fully evacuated three days after the explosion.

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Deserted amusement park in the town of Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. 26 May 2003. (AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Gas masks on a classroom floor of a school in Pripyat. 23 May 2003. (AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

TV set body in a Pripyat hotel. 26 May 2003. (AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Ghost-town view. (AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Abandoned classroom in a Pripyat school. 25 January 2006. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Textbooks and notebooks on the floor of a Pripyat school. 25 January 2006. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Toys and a gas mask in the dust of abandoned ghost-town of Pripyat. 25 January 2006. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Deserted school gym. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

School gym remains. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Old woman in a Byelorussian village 30 km from Chernobyl closed area. (AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Woman with piglets in an abandoned Byelorussian village which is situated within 30-km Chernobyl closed area. (AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Measuring radiation level in a Byelorussian village. (VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Rescuers rehearsing before the concert in a Ukrainian village in a closed area. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

In the Byelorussian village Tulgovichi once lived 2000 people. Now only 8 are left, they are celebrating an Orthodox feast by the house. (AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Chernobyl atomic station worker is measuring radiation level. (AFP PHOTO/ GENIA SAVILOV)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Building team during strengthening the containment over the 4th reactor. (AFP PHOTO / GENIA SAVILOV)

Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy

Workers are sweeping radioactive dust near the containment. Due to the very high radiation level people work in very short shifts. (GENIA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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19 thoughts on “Recalling The Chernobyl Tragedy”

  1. 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?

    • 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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