Funeral money in the contamination zone: living with Chernobyl, 25 years after the accident
April 26, 2011 11:54 AM Subscribe
Nadezhda Korotkaya, 77, a widow who lives alone in her small wooden house on the edge of Stary Vyshkov, still remembers the World War II. "The Germans came and went," she said. "But Chernobyl came here to stay."
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It was 25 years ago today that reactor number four at the Chernobyl power plant exploded, following an emergency shutdown (detailed recounting of the disaster on Wikipedia
). A memorial was held in Kiev, Ukraine
, this morning for the liquidators
who were the first human responders, with a bell struck at the exact moment of the Chernobyl explosion on April 26, 1986
. See also: a look back, with The Big Picture
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych took part in the memorial service in Kiev, as Medvedev called for stricter safety standards for building and operating nuclear power plants
, with over 60 reactors under construction in 15 countries
The Chernobyl Reactor 4 sarcophagus
, as seen here from above
, is almost as as old as the accident itself. Built in months after the accident, the sarcophagus falling apart.