On Saturday, April 26, 1986, reactor number four exploded at the nuclear power plant at the Chernobyl city of the former Soviet Union. With one, many years of fear became reality. The accident had catastrophic consequences. Many people died due to radioactive contamination and there has been a sharp increase in the number of cancer victims – for example, a Swiss study shows an increase of 40 percent in all cancer types in Belarus from the 1990s to 2000. The fauna has changed significantly and in Today, 31 years after, they still struggle with the aftermath of the accident.
The city is deserted like a ghost town, where only the frame is left: cars, garments and teddy bears. But the history of Chernobyl is not just a report of death and destruction. It is also a story of how the Soviet authorities underestimated and anticipated the accident and its consequences for the world, as well as the story of how the Chernobyl accident became an important part of the 80’s campaign against nuclear power. This site is all about that accident!
Chernobyl accident, is the only one attributed to the highest 7 level of “safety significance” (in common words we might say “danger”) on the international nuclear events scale (INES). Neither to nor after such heavy accident have taken place in nuclear industry nor power engineering. The erroneous actions of personnel of the station drove reactor to a state, not considered by regulations, in which its technical failures showed up. On experts’ conclusion the severe accident arose through a low probability coincidence of a number of factors. Every factor separately could not result in an accident. But their coincidence was, on one side, casual, on the other – appropriated, in the sense, that first or last it must happen however. Because the attitude toward procedures of safety was too careless at the atomic station, and in all links of the soviet production system related to nuclear power.