Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Chernobyl nuclear disaster: Ukraine marks 30th anniversary

Ukraine is marking the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which permanently poisoned swathes of eastern Europe and highlighted the shortcomings of the secretive Soviet system.

In the early hours of April 26, 1986, a botched test at the nuclear plant in then-Soviet Ukraine triggered a meltdown that spewed deadly clouds of atomic material into the atmosphere, forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes.

A series of events is being held to commemorate the tragedy, which remains the worst nuclear accident in history.


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