Thursday, April 21, 2016

30th anniversary of Chernobyl - Update

Tuesday marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which permanently poisoned swathes of eastern Europe and highlighted the shortcomings of the secretive Soviet system.

On April 26, 1986, a botched test at the nuclear plant triggered a meltdown that spewed deadly clouds of atomic material into the atmosphere, forcing tens of thousands from their homes.
More than half a million civilian and military personnel were drafted from across the former Soviet Union as so-called liquidators to clean-up and contain the nuclear fallout. Thirty-one plant workers and firemen died in the immediate aftermath of the accident, most from acute radiation sickness.

Over the next three decades, thousands more have succumbed to radiation-related illnesses.
The anniversary marks the imminent completion of a giant 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) steel-clad arch that will enclose the stricken reactor site and prevent further leaks.

The project was funded with donations from more than 40 governments. The surrounding exclusion zone - 2,600 square km (1,000 square miles) of forest and marshland on the border of Ukraine and Belarus - will remain uninhabitable.
See ----->

No comments:

Post a Comment