Chernobyl, 20 years after

April 26th is the 20th anniversary of the most horrific nuclear accident in history, when the Chernobyl reactor in Ukraine blew up during a routine test, blasting the 1,000-pound roof of the main reactor building into the air and spreading radioactive waste over much of the northern part of the country and nearby Belarus. Some parts of the Chernobyl region will be contaminated with hazardous levels of radioactivity for 100 years or more, and residents have suffered from high levels of cancerous tumours and other birth defects. Photographer Robert Knoth has documented some of the victims in a photo essay. To see more, click on the picture.

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19 thoughts on “Chernobyl, 20 years after

    • Iran doesnt have a nuclear power plant… After what happened in Chernobyl and then those people who got lucky in the 3-mile island, no one wants a power plant. Anywhere!!

  1. I’ve actually read the weight of the Upper Biological Shield to be 1700 TONS or more, and whereas it rested normally parallel to the ground, it now rests 15 degrees from vertical- such was the force of the steam explosion there. Remember, too, that winds in the northern hemisphere generally flow west-to-east, and the radioactive fallout of that blast landed as far WEST (AGAINST the wind) as the eastern USA. All the former USSR admits to so far in the way of casualties from this incident are 42 deaths and a relatively marginal increase in the rate of thyroid cancer among survivors and their descendants. Lots more about this on Wikipedia or elenafilatova.com.

  2. No civilian got any radiation dose higher than a person living near a mountain does.

    No civilian died out of radiation, noone gave birth to defect children.

    These photos are from faulty medication!

    29 firefighters died from acute radiation. 2 ppl working at the plant died by fire.

    That is all that has been proved.

    Read this, very interesting:
    http://canteach.candu.org/library/19910101.pdf

  3. 100 years or more? That’s not true. Even wild deers and some wolfs are running happy with out humans in there. And the kid un the picture, the hydrocephalic infant? Hydrocephallia doesn’t have anything in common with radiation.

  4. Images very harsh and painful
    A big hug all those wonderful people who have suffered so much, the magnitude of the disaster and its unexpected consequences in space do not do more to make us reflect on safety in the exploitation of energy so dangerous.

  5. seriously, you hear bout the word “nuclear” and you jump to blaming iran! typical yank

  6. bueeno0 iio0 kqcreeo0 kqcee ezo0 fuee intenciio0nal… pero0 pz iia kqce..

    i so sorry but they are fabolous

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  8. dude the guy is an idiot. above he says the 1,000 POUND roof blew and the radioactive chemicals went into the air, but when you click on the picture above, on the second page, it says 1,000 TON roof blew and the radioactive chemicals went into the air. 1 ton=1,000 kg 1,000 tons=1,000,000 kg
    1 lb= ~0.45kg 1,000 tons DOES NOT EQUAL 1,000 pounds!!!!!!!!

  9. April 26th is the 20th anniversary of the most horrific nuclear accident in history, when the Chernobyl reactor in Ukraine blew up during a routine test, blasting the 1,000-pound roof of the main reactor building into the air and spreading radioactive waste over much of the northern part of the country and nearby Belarus. Some parts of the Chernobyl region will be contaminated with hazardous levels of radioactivity for 100 years or more, and residents have suffered from high levels of cancerous tumours and other birth defects. Photographer Robert Knoth has documented some of the victims in a photo essay. To see more, click on the picture.

  10. ok ok im not being a jerk and making fun of the kid But admict it his face is like

    O.o
    im a real idiot im making fun of the KID and now im in a bad moodabs

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