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26 August 2017
31 Years After the Catastrophe: Chernobyl Is Illuminated Again

On April, 26, 1986, there was a catastrophe at the Chernobyl NPP situated in the northern part of Ukraine. It became the cause of the emission of harmful particles into the atmosphere. Besides, millions of people living in Ukraine and neighboring countries were exposed to highly dangerous doses of radiation.

On the day before the anniversary of the catastrophe, a group of tourists from Poland tried to illuminate Pripyat — a ghost town lying 3 miles away from the ChNPP. Its citizens were evacuated 31 years ago. Since that time the town has not been inhabited. However, every year thousands of tourists visit it while coming on an excursion to the exclusion zone.

So, the Polish adventurers electrified several buildings in Pripyat using power generators. The town was illuminated for the first time since the catastrophe.

Since the Chernobyl disaster, the city, which is only 5 kilometers from the break, has seen no light, except daylight. With the help of power generators, the Poles managed to bring back to life the lamps in one of the schools, street lights and neon signs of the city. It looks all fascinating and eerie at the same time.

The catastrophe at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant happened on April 26, 1986. It is the biggest accident in the history of nuclear energy. The explosion occurred in the 4th power unit, located 120 km from Kiev – the capital of Ukraine, closely neighboring with Belarus. At that time, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was one of the largest in the world. It was a military-strategic object, included in the plan of the Soviet Army. A failure in the operation of the nuclear reactor occurred for various reasons. In addition to the fact that the reactor was not equipped with a modern security system, the level of automatic control and monitoring was too low. The yield of the nuclear reactor system did not cause an explosion. Both explosions were thermal. Emissions of radiation began to occur from the destroyed flaming fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and caused pollution of the nearby area, and later spread to a wider area of the environment.

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