The Chernobyl disaster, April 26, 1986

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The nuclear reactor after the disaster. Reactor 4 (center). Turbine building (lower left). Reactor 3 (center right). Date 26 April 1986 (1986-04-26) Time 01:23 a.m. (UTC+3) Location Pripyat, Soviet Union, now Ukraine Casualties 56 direct deaths as 4,000 cancer deaths over the lifetime of those exposed.[1
The Chernobyl disaster, (Ukrainian: Чорнобильська катастрофа) Čornobyľśka katastrofa, was a nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (then part of the Soviet Union), now in Ukraine. It is considered to be the worst nuclear power plant accident in history and the only level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale. It resulted in a severe release of radioactivity due to a power excursion that destroyed one of the site’s reactors. Most fatalities from the accident were caused by radiation poisoning.

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Childrens toys and gas masks litter a kindergarten classroom in Pripyat, Ukraine. The abandoned town sits just two miles (three kilometers) from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which exploded in the predawn hours of April 26, 1986. All 50,000 Pripyat residents were evacuated after the accident, and the town, which was created for Chernobyl employees, has not been repopulated.

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Chernobyl.info asked a range of people in public life, as well as local inhabitants and people actively involved in projects, for statements on Chernobyl and its consequences.

Angelina Nyagu
“Today more than seven million people are suffering due to the Chernobyl disaster. The ef…
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Astrid Sahm
“In the mid-1990s, public debate about the number of Chernobyl-related deaths was dictated…
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Christina Bigler
“We are running therapy camps in parts of Belarus and Ukraine where the landscape is intac…
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Christine K. Durbak
“Chernobyl is a global environment event of a new kind. It is characterized by the presenc…
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Dmitry Frischin
“Nowadays only the international complex approach to the recovery and further sustainable…
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Douglas Gardner
“Our primary objectives in Chernobyl are to focus the attention of the national and inter…
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Edmund Lengfelder
“Thirty per cent of all the children from the area around Gomel (Belarus) who were aged be…
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Elena Trakhtenberg
“We have to remember the tragedy of Chernobyl and to make conclusions in order to improve…
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Eugene Yesirkenov
“It is important to see human dimension of Chernobyl accident.  To see how people live i…
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Grygory Reva
“The system of civil population protection from Chernobyl catastrophe consequences in Ukr…
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Grygory Reva
“Chernobyl is not calming down pain of our people. It is planetary catastrophe which has …
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Igor Petrenya
In spite of radiation effects, we can observe a demographic explosion in Bragin. The ICT p…
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Irina Abalkina
“Almost all issues dealing with radiation have health lasting effects unclear both to the …
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Iuliya Melnikova
“This project is important for us because we can show other countries how we live in this …
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Ivan Plyushch
“I think the Ukraine will be forced to use atomic energy until such time as mankind finds …
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Julia Gribova
“We find it interesting to make Internet sites ourselves. I also think that I can get hol…
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Katya Melnikova
“We want to develop friendships with people from other countries, stay in contact with th…
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Katya Prokopenko
“After I finish my education in Minsk, I want to go to western Europe but only for a cou…
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Kenzo Oshima
“Health problems linked to Chernobyl reflect complex interactions between health, ecology…
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Kenzo Oshima
“Together, we hope to infuse fresh impetus to the international cooperation on Chernobyl …
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Kofi Annan
“At least three million children in Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian Federation require p…
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Kofi Annan
“I hope that donors, who have been very effective in dealing with the technical response …
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Liudmila Sergeeva
“The Chernobyl topic is far too complex to be judged on the spot, based solely on brief i…
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Nadezhda Kichkina
“It is a good thing to show life in Igovka and in Belarus to people all over the world. Th…
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Nataly Trukhan
“The people staying in the contaminated area should not feel that they are living in ano…
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Natalya Birillo
“This project gives us the opportunity to work with computers and improve our skills. It …
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Natasha Rogovtsova
ICT project has greatly changed world view of the people living in the contaminated area. …
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Oksana Leshchenko

Stefan Vassilev
“The Chernobyl accident has caused an unprecedented combination of socio-economic, enviro…
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Stephan Barraud
“Are answers to all Chernobyl-related questions already found? – I don’t know. – I don…
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Svetlana Alexiyevich
“We did not yet possess a system of imagination, analogies, words or experiences for the c…
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Toni Frisch
One of my most lasting impressions is of a visit to Pripiat, a city of 50,000 inhabitants …
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Vladimir Tsalko
“Visitors to this Website from different countries in the world will be able to find out …
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Vladimir Tsalko
“Although 16 years have already passed since the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power …
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Volodymyr Tyshchenko
“Chernobyl catastrophe is the most horrible event in human history. All people are affect…
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Walter Fust
“The half-life of our memory of catastrophes such as Chernobyl is only a small fraction o…
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Walter Fust
“The catastrophe continues – and is far from being over. Both the direct damage caused by…
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