30th anniversary of the worst nuclear power plant accident ever

30th anniversary of the worst nuclear power plant accident ever

On 26 April 1986, the reactor number four of the Chernobyl plant exploded in Ukraine, near Kiev, releasing large quantities of radioactive particles higher than 500 Hiroshima atomic bombs, spreading over a dust cloud which reached the U.K., generating three tons of radioactive materials.

Over 2500 people lost their lives directly, 93000 cases of derivate cancer, 5000 suicides, and also countless malformations, are the consequence of that radioactive disaster. Indirectly, more than 200.000 people died.

Chernobyl has been closed and dismantling since 2000. In November, an arch-shaped steel structure will be placed over the reactor number four, the one which exploded, and it will protect from any radioactive leakage. Despite all, there is a lack of cooperation between Russia and Ukraine in Chernobyl, even though nuclear security must be an activity field more important than politics.

Three decades without any human

Even though the disaster, the human inactivity of the area have caused a surprising increase of the animal population: there are seventh times more wolves than in closer reserves, elks, wild boars, roes and deers. Even bears.

Analyzing historical data, researchers conclude that the animal population didn’t suffer extraordinary damages, after the first six months of the accident, when the high level of radioactivity damaged the health and the reproduction, but not in the long run.