Chernobyl’s horrific death toll as thousands killed by worst ever nuclear disaster. It is 34 years since reactor number four of the Chernobyl power plant exploded during a routine test and caused the worst ever nuclear disaster in human history. The official death toll for those killed after the Chernobyl disaster stands at just 31 – among them were 28 firefighters who died of Acute Radiation Syndrome, an agonising and gruesome way to die. However, many believe the horrifying true figure of those who lost their lives as a direct result is in the thousands. Many of those who died as a direct result of the incident on April 26, 1986, were not killed as a result of the explosion and instead the devastating effects of radiation. The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates between 4,000 and 27,000 people died as a result of the disaster, whereas Greenpeace places the figure much higher at between 93,000 and 200,000.
Mirror 26th April 2020 read more »
The catastrophic Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, marked its 34th anniversary on Sunday. On April 26, 1986, a sudden surge of power during a reactor systems test destroyed Unit 4 of the nuclear power station at Chernobyl, some 110 kilometers (68.3 miles) from Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. “Sunday is International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day. The women, men & children affected by radioactive contamination must never be forgotten,” the U.N. said on Twitter, designating April 26 the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day. In the immediate aftermath of the accident, 31 people were killed, while millions more were affected. According to official numbers, roughly 8.4 million people in the former Soviet territories of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine got the largest exposure to radiation in the form of a cloud.
Daily Sabah 26th April 2020 read more »
Today is the anniversary of Chernobyl – that disaster continues while pronuclear voices and our government call for ever more dangerous nuclear plants.
Radiation Free Lakeland 26th April 2020 read more »
Chernobyl is a place of loss and abandonment. The Zone is radioactive. So why do people flock there today? Iara Lee’s fascinating documentary goes with them to find out, and reminds us about life there before the April 26, 1986 nuclear disaster. For most of us, Pripyat — the Ukrainian city that has become an iconic symbol of forced abandonment — summons images of drab, Soviet decay. Pripyat is a place of ghastly tower blocks, rusting playgrounds, a deserted Ferris wheel and peeling paint, its workforce trudging like automata to toil at the doomed Chernobyl nuclear power plant just 2.5km away. But in the opening sequence of Iara Lee’s new documentary — Stalking Chernobyl; exploration after the apocalypse — we see a very different Pripyat, before the April 26, 1986 nuclear disaster. It is a place of singing and roses, swimming pools and picnics, and dancing babushkas. And then, as someone in the film says, “On April 26, what had once been our pride became our grief.”
Beyond Nuclear 19th April 2020 read more »