Apr 26, 2021

By Andy Johnson

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It was 35 years ago today the world came face to face with its worst nuclear disaster to date.

On April 26, 1986, reactor Number Four exploded at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. Two of its operating staff were killed and several dozen more staff and firefighters died in the days and months ahead.

In the wake of the disaster, more than 100-thousand people were resettled in a specially built town in northern Ukraine. A 2,600-square-kilometre exclusion zone was established.

At the time, the government of what was then the Soviet Union attempted to cover up the disaster. However, international organizations and neighbouring countries demanded an explanation as to why so much radiation was detected in the air.

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