Chernobyl

Chernobyl disaster | The Worst Nuclear Disaster in History

On 26 April 1986, one of four nuclear reactors at the Chernobyl power station exploded, this was the Chernobyl disaster.

Limited information led to exaggerated claims of the number killed by the blast in the immediate area.

Contamination is still a problem, however, and disputes continue about how many will eventually lose their lives as a result of the world’s worst nuclear accident. It took over 36 hours after an ill-judged test on Reactor Number 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant went catastrophically wrong, for the Soviet authorities to order the evacuation of Pripyat, just two miles from the plant.

They were told they would be gone for two or three days and advised to take the minimum: identity papers, documents, food and clothing. None ever returned to live in Pripyat, declared too radioactively dangerous for human habitation for at least 24,000 years.

We traveled to Kiev with Planet Chernobyl and took a tour of the exclusion zones and surrounds. We shot a short film of our journey.