Ukraine Today presents a special project to remind the international community of the worst nuclear disaster in the world
1:23 AM local Kyiv time. A major blast at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The detonation was caused by a systems test that was conducted by poorly-trained personnel. Essentially, human error led to the worst nuclear disaster in the world.
Precisely at this time thirty years ago, the accident completely destroyed Reactor 4. The steam, fire and smoke from the blast released at least five percent of the reactor's core into the atmosphere.
Ukraine Today launches a special project to remember the victims and to remind the international community of the Chornobyl tragedy, chornobyl.uatoday.tv. The project consists of the information based on true stories and gathered from archives, historical photographs, and footage from the abandoned exclusion zone, original audio recordings and video of the present efforts to contain the radiation.
Two people died on scene that night. At least 30 more were dead within several weeks of the Chornobyl disaster. To date, the exact number of victims is unknown. Estimates range in the thousands. Acute radiation syndrome was diagnosed and confirmed in nearly two hundred people.