Before setting off on my latest adventure, I joined Ukrainians flying their national flag and exhibiting photos on Kiev’s Independence Square. We stood to commemorate the 26th year since the worst nuclear power plant accident in history: The Chernobyl Disaster.
At 1:23 am on the 26th of April 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant experienced a fierce explosion which killed 31 reactor staff and emergency workers and spread a radioactive cloud over much of northern Europe. The closest cities to the disaster, Chernobyl and Pryriat, were evacuated leaving them dilapidated and abandoned and a Zone of Alienation put in place over 2,600km around the power plant.
Ukraine was severely effected but also Belarus and Russia causing a total of 3940 deaths due to radiation-educed cancer and leukaemia. It is estimated that the total contaminated area (15,000 square miles) will be effected for the next 300 years and there’ll be 30,000 to a million excess cancer deaths among those in the broader area.
ABC news clip form 28th of April 1986:
Arial footage of explosion:
Remembering Chernobyl Today