Apr 26, 2009

Chernobyl Devastation

This day, April 26, 1986, is a day the world will never forget. At 1:23 am one of Chernobyl, Ukraine’s, four Soviet nuclear reactors exploded. A runaway chain reaction blew the steel and concrete lid off the reactor and created a fireball, releasing 100 times more radiation into the air than did the World War II Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined. While the Soviet government evacuated more than 100,000 people from the area, some 4,300 people eventually died as a result and more than 70,000 have been left permanently disabled. The inhabitants of the area had to leave so quickly that they couldn’t pack anything to take with them. Twenty three years later the deadly poison still lingers over the city, in the drinking water, and in the soil.

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