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Aerial view of Chernobyl power station

Aerial view of Chernobyl power station

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Chernobyl disaster. Aerial view of the Chernobyl nuclear power station one year after the 1986 disaster. An explosion destroyed one of the reactors (upper left) at the Chernobyl power station, Ukraine, on 26 April 1986. About one quarter of the nuclear material in the reactor's core was released into the environment. The authorities declared a 30km exclusion zone around the plant, evacuating 135,000 people to the nearby city of Kiev. About 1000 square km of land and 60,000 buildings were contaminated by the fallout.

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