30 years after Chernobyl disaster. The world remembers

It is 30 years today since the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, in what is now the Ukraine but was then part of the USSR, shook the world.

An explosion at the nuclear reactor on 26 April 1986 caused a cloud of radioactive material drifted far and wide across the then USSR and also Europe, effecting people, wildlife and land.

Between 1986 to 2000, 350,400 people were evacuated and resettled from the most severely contaminated areas.

Vigils have been held across the Ukraine today to mark this day in history.

Nuclear physicist Dr Kelvin Kemm, the newly appointed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) shares his positive views on nuclear energy. he says Chernobyl was built in a very different time and we have learned lessons from it...

he says it is no indication of nuclear plants today, and nuclear power is safe in his opinion.

Glen Ashton responds with a very different view on the long term impact of nuclear energy, saying there are many dangers we need to be aware of...

The 30 year anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster has trended on social media today as the world remembers...

And looks at the long term effects the nuclear disaster has had on the area surrounding Chernobyl, on the land and on wildlife.

Many survived Chernobyl... But live with horrific memories.


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