There is still life in the Chernobyl zone
On April 26, 2017, 31 years have elapsed since the nuclear accident at the Soviet Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident at night on 26 April 1986 has become the worst disaster in the history of nuclear power. Radioactive contamination covered over 200,000 square kilometers, mostly in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.
The undisguised work of the “liquidators” across the Soviet Union made it possible in November 1986 to cover the site with the first concrete sarcophagus that retained at least 95 per cent of the fuel in the destroyed reactor and more than 70,000 tons of radioactive metals, concrete, glass mass and tons of radioactive dust. Today, however, the 30-kilometer zone around the headquarters, along with the ghost town of Pripyat, is inaccessible to ordinary people. But despite the crash, there is still life.
That is exactly what the Ukrainian scientist Sergei Gashkash, who is deputy director of the International Environmental Laboratory, is showing us. Thanks to his work, the world has learned about the diverse fauna in the Chernobyl area.
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The Chernobyl disaster (Chernobyl or the Chernobyl accident) was a catastrophic nuclear accident which occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (then officially the Ukrainian SSR), which was under the direct jurisdiction of the Central authorities of the Soviet Union.
An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of western USSR and Europe.
The accident at the Lenin plant was on April 26, 1986. It is considered the worst in the history of nuclear power. On April 26, a 4th reactor was conducted to teach staff to shut down the reactor under difficult conditions, as well as testing a self-supplying system. This doctrine is dictated somewhat by an incident happened a few years earlier when an Israeli missile strikes an Iraqi nuclear power plant that has the same type of RBMC reactor. An emergency is imminent in Ukraine’s electricity system, where the reactor and its management do not receive electricity from the outside. The rotating shaft of the turbine would have to generate electricity for several hours, sufficient for the reactor’s own needs. Meanwhile, staff must stop the reactor.