30th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster

On April 26th 1986, there was an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in modern-day Ukraine. It is one of only two nuclear accidents classified as a level 7 event (the maximum classification) on the International Nuclear Event Scale and of those two it was by far the most serious (the other is the Fukishima incident in 2011).

While remembered as a Soviet tragedy the nuclear explosion was in reality a warning to the world of the danger of nuclear energy if not handled properly and an indication of just how much of a threat to all of humanity nuclear weapons are. What makes Chernobyl so frightening is that its consequences went far beyond the immediate disaster area spreading radioactive particles across western Europe and Scandinavia.

Many historians rightly argue that Chernobyl marked the beginning of the end of the Cold War as the calls for a halt to the seemingly restless nuclear arms race became louder and had a rallying cry: no more Chernobyls.

This fascinating documentary covers the details of the accident and the incredible story of the battle to make the site safe.


8 responses to “30th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster

  1. That brings back some sad memories. The part of Canada I grew up in has a lot of people of Ukrainian ancestry, so you could see the stress on a lot of faces of those who still kept family connections in Ukraine.

    I was still in school then and our history teacher was very proud of his Ukrainian heritage. He put up the brave face and taught his lessons that week, but you could tell how hard it was for him.

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  2. I have always wondered if I will ever face the medical consequences of being out birdwatching on the Lincolnshire coast that afternoon. I don’t think it was raining though ,which may have been of some benefit. Cumbrian lamb was banned from butchers’ shops for many years, and Welsh lamb if I remember correctly.

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