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Chernobyl nuclear disaster marks 34 years

, Nearly 8.4M people exposed to radiation, over 400,000 displaced in wake of 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, AA, Satuk Bugra Kutlugun   |26.04.2020   ANKARA 

The catastrophic Chernobyl nuclear accident in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, marked its 34th anniversary on Sunday.

On April 26, 1986, a sudden surge of power during a reactor systems test destroyed Unit 4 of the nuclear power station at Chernobyl, some 110 kilometers (68.3 miles) from Ukraine’s capital, Kiev.

“Sunday is International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day. The women, men & children affected by radioactive contamination must never be forgotten,” the UN said on Twitter, designating April 26 the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day.

31 people were killed in the immediate aftermath of the accident, while millions more were affected.

According to the official numbers, roughly 8.4 million people in the former Soviet territories of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine got the largest exposure to radiation in the form of a cloud.

Around 155,000-square-kilometer (nearly 60,000-square-mile) area of these three countries were contaminated, and over 400,000 people were displaced.

Later research into the accident showed that the radioactive clouds reached as far as the US and China……..https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/chernobyl-nuclear-disaster-marks-34-years/1819033

April 27, 2020 - Posted by | General News

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