A few weeks ago during Science class we were listening to this tape about Chernobyl and I was immediately reminded of these unbelievably haunting pictures I had saved on my computer a while ago.
On April 25th -26th, 1986 the World’s worst nuclear power accident occurred at Chernobyl in the former USSR (now Ukraine). The Chernobyl nuclear power plant located 80 miles north of Kiev had 4 reactors and whilst testing reactor number 4 numerous safety procedures were disregarded. At 1:23am the chain reaction in the reactor became out of control creating explosions and a fireball which blew off the reactor’s heavy steel and concrete lid.
The Chernobyl accident killed more than 30 people immediately, and as a result of the high radiation levels in the surrounding 20-mile radius, 135,00 people had to be evacuated.
Have a look at my gallery to see what Chernobyl looks like today.
Although proven to be a fake story (appearantly you aren’t really allowed to go there on your bike, but only on a tour with a guide, I think), Elana’s trip to Chernobyl is worth a look. Very interesting.