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Chernobyl Disaster The Chernobyl Disaster

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Pripyat Ukraine 1970 Soviet union No military meaning 48 000 100km

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Chernobyl Nuclear reactor 4 Late-night test Disastrous accident Radiation Frozen in time Object shelter

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Alexander Yuvchenko 24 years old during disaster Suffered from radiation burns Was in hospital for a year Steam wrapped around everything; it was dark and there  was a horrible hissing noise. There was no ceiling, only sky; a sky full of stars. A stream of ionising radiation was shooting starwards, like a laser beam. I remember thinking how beautiful it was." -Alexander Interview with The Guardian

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Nadezhda Petrovna Vygovskaya, Evacuee I can still see the bright-crimson glow, it was like the reactor was glowing. This wasn't any ordinary fire, it was some sort of shining. It was pretty. I'd never seen anything like it in the movies -Nadezhda NPR, Voices of Chernobyl

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Lyudmilla Ignatenko Wife of deceased fireman I came back from the cemetery and called the nurse's post right away. "How is he?" "He died fifteen minutes ago. " What? I was there all night.  -Lyudmilla NPR, Voices of Chernobyl

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What can we learn?

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