Chernobyl Fact Sheet

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On April 26, 1986 at 1:23 AM the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station's reactor #4 exploded, spewing an aerosolized radioactive plume into the sky.

Over 70% of those radioactive pollutants came to rest upon Belarus, a country the size of Kansas.

Ukrainian filmmaker Vladimir Shevchenko was one of the first
cameramen inside the "Red Zone"of maximum contamination,
when the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl happened in 1986.
The footage shows him atop of the roof of the nuclear reactor
without a protective suit

Chernobyl's Tiniest Victims - CBS News, with Harry Smith

Continued: Chernobyl's Tiniest Victims - Harry Smith
interviews Jennifer O'Dea, an occupational therapist  

Chernobyl's Abandoned City -CBS News, with Bill Plante

Twenty-two years after Chernobyl, (Bill Plante of CBS News,
with Katie Couric

Sealing Chernobyl's Reactor #4  (CBS News)

Disaster at Chernobyl (Discovery Channel, 47 mins.)

Wildlife Thrive in Chernobyl's No-Go Zone  (Animal Planet News)

World Heart Foundation
The legacy of Chernobyl Reactor 4.

The international communications platform on the longterm
consequences of the Chernobyl

UNICEF Photo essay: A series of photos taken by children, age 12-
17, from Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian Federation for the
International Conference on Chernobyl.

The Chernobyl Resource Page.

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Local firefighters and emergency workers rushed to the scene.

Eventually, the government conscripted 600,000 - 800,000 young men and women known as liquidators, to contain and clean-up the radioactive contaminates.

The sign in the picture states: "No one can do the job that is before us and live, but we are the ones who must die trying."

The official report reads that only 31 deaths occurred due to the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
These brave souls are now buried in lead lined coffins, but that was not the end of the death toll, rather it was the beginning.

Although, official government statistics claim 31 deaths occurred due the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, we find gravestones throughout cemeteries which are marked with the atomic symbol indicating a death attributed to Chernobyl, as seen in the upper right hand corner of this tombstone.

Now, over twenty years later traces of plutonium are still being detected in the placenta of mothers, and children are still being born with documented cases of life threatening diseases including "Chernobyl heart" disease.

Still today, there are 200 tons of radioactive debris simmering under reactor #4. Also, there are over 800 interim makeshift storage sites buried randomly around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, which contain 200 Billion
pounds of radioactive refuse.
(200,000,000,000 pounds)