Chernobyl disaster environmental research

Chernobyl disaster environmental research

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Caption: Chernobyl disaster environmental research. Scientist measuring the radiation levels in a forest contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, after a forest fire. On 26th April 1986 reactor number 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded causing huge amounts of radiation to enter the atmosphere. It is considered the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history. A sarcophagus surrounding the reactor was erected by December 1986 and a 30km exclusion zone was set up shortly after.

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