38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

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34 years passed since the day of the Chernobyl catastrophe – the largest one in the entire world history of nuclear energy. We have another generation of people who do not remember that horrible tragedy. However, we should know about people’s mistakes made in the past to avoid them in future.

The explosion at nuclear reactor №4 killed 50 employees of the plant and hundreds of rescuers. The impact of the incident on other people is hard to estimate – according to different sources, cancer alone caused by the radiation subsequently killed from 4 to 200 thousand people. Pripyat city and adjacent areas won’t be appropriate for living for some centuries more.

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Nuclear reactor №4 following the explosion – 26th April 1986. 10 years after the catastrophe the power plant continued to meet the demand of Ukraine in energy. It was put out of operation only in 2000. (AP Photo/ Volodymyr Repik)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

13th October 1991 – the collapsed roof of the Chernobyl power plant (AP Photo/Efrm Lucasky)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

View of the reactor from the air (AP Photo)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

The main hall of the power-generating unit, 29th April 1986 (AP Photo)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

A Swedish farmer is removing straw damaged by the radiation several months after the explosion. June 1986 (STF/AFP/Getty Images)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Soviet doctor is examining an unknown child evacuated from the radiation affected zone to state farm “Kopelovo” near Kiev, 11th May 1986. The shot was made to show that the USSR has the situation under control (AP Photo/Boris Yurchenko)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raisa Gorbacheva talking to the managers of the power plant, 23rd February 1989. It was the first visit of the Soviet leader to the plant after the explosion. (AFP PHOTO / TASS)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Kiev citizens are standing in the line for forms prior to the mass check for contamination. Kiev 9th May 1986 (AP Photo/Boris Yurchenko)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

5th May 1986, “The playground is temporarily closed”, Wiesbaden, Germany. (AP Photo/Frank Rumpenhorst)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

An engineer who worked at the power plant is taking a medical inspection in the sanatorium “Lesnaya Polyana”, 15th May 1986 (STF/AFP/Getty Images)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Activists from an organization of environmental protection mark railway cars with contaminated whey powder. Bremen, Germany. 6th February 1987. The contaminated whey powder was delivered to Bremen for further transportation to Egypt. It had been produced after the explosion. (AP Photo/Peter Meyer)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Meat radiation control in Frankfurt, Germany. 12th May 1986. (AP Photo/Kurt Strumpf/stf)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

14th April 1998. Power plant employees walk by the control panel of  destroyed energy unit №4 (AFP PHOTO/ GENIA SAVILOV)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Control panel of energy unit №4б 14th April 1998 (AFP PHOTO/ GENIA SAVILOV)38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

“We’ll perform the task of the government!” Workers who helped to cover the reactor with a protective cement shelter. Thousands of people who participated in the liquidation of the catastrophe aftermath died from radiation. (AP Photo/ Volodymyr Repik)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

High-voltage towers not far from the Chernobyl power plant, 20th June 2000, Chernobyl (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Duty operator is making records of the values at energy unit №3 – the only operating reactor of the power plant – 20th June 2000. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Oksana Gaibon, 17 (right), Alla Kozimerka, 15 (left) affected by the tragedy, are bing treated by infra-red rays in the capital of Cuba. Cuba participated in the humanitarian project and helped to heal Soviet teens who had suffered from radiation (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

18th April 2006. Child in the newly-built Center for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology in Minsk, Belarus. (VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Pripyat and reactor №4, 15th December 2000 – on the day of complete deactivation of the Chernpbyl NPP. (Photo by Yuri Kozyrev/Newsmakers)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Ferris wheel in the park of ghost city of Pripyat, 26th May 2003. The population of the city – 45 000 ppl – were fully evacuated within first three days following the explosion. (AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Abandoned amusement park of Pripyat, 26th May 2003. (AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

26th May 2003, gas masks at school of Pripyat (AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

In an abandoned hotel of Pripyat, 26th May 2003 (AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

View of ghost city of Pripyat (AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

25th January 2006 – classroom in an abandoned school of Pripyat. Scientists believe that decomposition of the most dangerous radioactive elements in Pripyat will take about 900 years. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Books in the floor at school of Pripyat, 25th January 2006 (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl CatastropheSchool of Pripyat 25th January 2006 (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Gym at school of Pripyat 25th January 2006 (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Gym at school of Pripyat 25th January 2006 (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

An elderly woman from Belorussian village Novoselki, 30 km away from the prohibited zone around the Chernobyl NPP, 7th April 2006 (AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Woman with piglets in a deserted Belorussian village Tulgovichi, 370 km in the south-east direction from Minsk, 7th April 2006. This village is located within the 30km – zone around the NPP (AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

6th April 2006, an employee is measuring the level of radiation in a Belorussian village Vorotets located within the 30 km zone around the NPP (VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Villagers from Ilyintsy, 100 km from Kiev, pass by rescuers rehearsing prior to a concert appointed for 5th April 2006 (20th anniversary since the explosion day). The concert was visited by over 300 people (mainly old ones) who illegally came back home to their village (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Villages from Tulgovichi who decided to stay home. 7th April 2006. There had been around 2000 people in the village before the explosion, only eight remained. (AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

An employee of the NPP is measuring the level of radiation before leaving work on 12th April 2oo6 (AFP PHOTO/ GENIA SAVILOV)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

Shelter strengthening works – 12th April 2006 (AFP PHOTO / GENIA SAVILOV)

38 Images In Memory of the Chernobyl Catastrophe

12th April 2006 – emoloyees sweeping away radioactive dust in front of the protective shelter covering the damaged reactor of the Chernobyl NPP. Due to high radiation level working teams worked only for several minutes (GENIA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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