Chernobyl: How did the world’s worst nuclear accident happen? For most residents of Pripyat, Saturday 26 April 1986 seemed a relatively unremarkable day. Some would have been aware of an incident at the nearby Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Nuclear Power Plant, around which the town had sprouted up in the decade prior, but, in the words of one off-duty engineer: “There was no panic. The city lived a normal life. People were sunbathing on the beach.” But the warning signs were there. Soviet Union officials were driving the streets, hiding their monitors as they gauged the levels of radiation washing over the pedestrians they passed. Traders had been warned not to sell fresh greens and cabbages at the local market, and street sweepers were washing the streets with foam. But this had happened during a previous accident at the plant, of which there had been dozens in the past decade, and everything appeared to have been fine.
Independent 26th April 2020 read more »
How close to the Chernobyl nuclear plant did the recent forest fires come? Did the smoke that enveloped Kyiv contain dangerous levels of radioactivity? We look at these and other questions about the deadly legacy of the 1986 nuclear disaster. The recent wildfires in Ukraine and Belarus came dangerously close to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant site. Some burn still; others are smoldering. So, too, are the lingering doubts about denials from the Ukraine government that the fires, which tore through areas of the already radioactive Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, posed no radiological risks to those breathing in their fumes.
Beyond Nuclear 26th April 2020 read more »
Chernobyl forest fires pose no health risk from radiation, says IAEA.
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