This was the biggest nuclear catastrophe in the history of humanity, that forced hundreds of thousand people leave their homes, took lives and health of thousands and left ever bleeding scars in their souls.
WHEN DID CHERNOBYL DISASTER HAPPEN
The Chernobyl accident took place at 1:23 am on the 26th of April 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Because of the radioactive contamination on the next day more, than 43 000 people of the nearby town of Prypiat were evacuated, never to return back again.
This town was one of the most beautiful ones in Soviet Union. There were 5 schools and kindergartens, cinemas, river port, one of the first supermarkets, post office, 3 swimming pools, a stadium and amusement park with fairies wheel, latter to be opened on the 1th of May 1986.
CHERNOBYL DISASTER FACTS
During the explosion on the power plant two men of the staff died (one of them was never found). Among the firefighters, who tried to put out the fire on the ruined block #4, 27 people lost their lives subsequently at special hospital in Moscow. During the evacuation more, than 350 000 people from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia were moved to clean territories.
HOW DOES THE CHORNOBYL DISASTER AFFECT US TODAY
Millions of people were exposed to higher levels of radiation, thus having strong health issues still today. Places, which have been evacuated in Ukraine, became Chornobyl exclusion zone, divided into two: 30 km buffer zone and 10 km zone around Chornobyl nuclear power plant and former town of Prypiat.
CAN YOU VISIT THE CHERNOBYL DISASTER SITE
Despite heavy contamination and thanks to a hard work of hundreds of thousand people, who dealt with elimination of the consequences of the nuclear catastrophe, one can visit the Chernobyl exclusion zone today as in tourist groups so privately. During the visits tourists are accompanied by experienced tour guides, who make sure that these excursions are 100% harmless for the health and safety of the guests.