Chernobyl: 30 Years Later

(photo by Soviet authorities)

In 1986, we were in college. In January, Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after lift-off. On April 26, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant suffered catastrophic failures. In July, Anna’s father died of cancer, probably caused by his work cleaning nuclear weapons during two years of requisite military service in the 1950s. In December, Anna traveled to the Soviet Union on a three-week study abroad course; because of the accident at Chernobyl, the segment in Kiev was rescheduled as additional time in Moscow and Leningrad.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident, we share five articles, our own and four new pieces by others.

Five years ago, Lofty Ambitions commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Read about that HERE.

The BBC has a commemorative piece up today that includes several historical videos. See that HERE.

TIME follows what happened to the livestock–the meat, the wool–in the area in the aftermath of the accident. Read this eerie piece by historian Kate Brown HERE.

NBC takes a look at the current wildlife of Chernobyl. See that, including video, HERE.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has an article about “Chernobyl, Fukushima, and Preparedness for ‘a Next One.'” Read that HERE.

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