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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Chernobyl disaster

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred on April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine. At that time, Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union.

The accident occurred when the fourth reactor suffered a huge power increase. This led to the core of the reactor exploding. Due to this explosion, large amounts of radioactive particles were released into the atmosphere

Because there was no containment building to trap the radiation, radioactive fallout drifted over parts of the western Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, the UK, and the eastern United States. Large areas of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia were badly contaminated.

About 60% of the radioactive fallout landed in Belarus. 20% of the country was contaminated with radiation, affecting hundreds of thousands of people and mutating thousands of new born. Its far reaching effects mean even today the people of the country having a high rate of cancer and birth defects.

The Chernobyl disaster released approximately 400 times more radioactive fallout than that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

The Soviet Union announced the disaster a few days later, after Scandinavian countries reported abnormally high radioactivity levels in their skies.

David Bowie wrote the lyrics to his 1987 song "Time Will Crawl" after hearing of the Chernobyl disaster, and later chose the song as one of his favorites from his entire career.

It took until 2000 for the Chernobyl nuclear plant to be taken entirely offline.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the man who oversaw the dismantling of the USSR, has said that the Chernobyl explosion was “perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union.”

About 5,000 people still work in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone—to keep their radiation levels low, they only work there for 15 days at a time.

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant reactor number 4. By Matti Paavonen - Wikipedia

Wildlife in the area around Chernobyl has flourished after the disaster, implying that severe radiation is more manageable to animals than humans.

"Chernobyl" is the Ukrainian word for "wormwood." Many Christian commentators have linked the disaster to a prophecy in the New Testament Book of Revelation 8 v10-11: "The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter."

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