April 26, 2021 commemorates the Chernobyl catastrophe (also: Chernobyl disaster day). It occurred on April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant near the city of Prypiat, Ukraine (then Soviet Union), as a result of a core meltdown and explosion in the Chernobyl block 4 nuclear reactor. It is considered to be the worst nuclear disaster and one of the worst environmental disasters of all time.
Fundamental deficiencies in the construction of the reactor as well as planning and operating errors during an attempt arose and caused a worst-case scenario. Large amounts of radioactive material were thrown into the air and were mainly distributed over the region northeast of Chernobyl, but also over many regions in Europe. The accident resulted in the death of an unknown number of people. In many diseases, radiation is seen as a possible cause. There is also psychological, social, ecological and economic damage. For years there has been a dispute among scientists about the expected long-term consequences.
After the disaster, hundreds of thousands of helpers, so-called liquidators, built a sarcophagus – a makeshift concrete shell – around the exploded reactor. This has now torn in many places and threatens to collapse. A new protective cover is therefore to be built in the coming years with foreign financial aid.
The disaster is known under the Russian name of the neighboring city of Chernobyl, as Russian was the main official language at the time of the disaster. The current Ukrainian name of the city is Chornobyl. The English spellings Chernobyl or Chornobyl are also occasionally used. (Source: Wikipeda, License: CC-A / SA)
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Monday, April 26, 2021