Latest Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Stories

2011-04-26 12:40:00

Twenty-five years ago today, the world's worst nuclear disaster took place at Chernobyl in Ukraine, leaving 30 people dead and many more exposed to radiation. Workers at the Chernobyl atomic power station were carrying out a test on reactor four when operating errors and design flaws sparked explosions in the early hours of April 26, 1986. Two workers were killed by the explosion and 28 other rescuers and staff died of radiation exposure in the following months.  Moscow did not report...

2010-12-15 04:36:00

KIEV, Ukraine, December 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The exclusion zone of Chernobyl nuclear power plant can be included into the official tour program of Euro-2012 in Ukraine. This was announced today by the Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations Vitaliy But, during a signing ceremony of a joint action plan for EURO-2012 between the Ministries of Emergency of Ukraine and Poland. Earlier this week, the Minister of Emergency situations of Ukraine, Viktor Baloha, stated that the exclusion...

2010-12-13 11:55:00

The Emergency Situations Ministry said on Monday that Ukraine plans to open tours of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant for visitors who wish to learn more about the tragedy that took place nearly a quarter of a century ago. Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 exploded on April 26, 1986, spewing radiation over a large swatch of northern Europe.  Hundreds of thousands of people were resettled from areas contaminated with radiation in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.  Related health problems still...

2010-09-15 19:04:01

Scientists are reporting discovery of the biological secrets that enable plants growing near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to adapt and flourish in highly radioactive soil "” legacy of the 1986 nuclear disaster in the Ukraine. Their study, which helps solve a long-standing mystery, appears in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal. Martin Hajduch and colleagues note that plants have an unexpected ability to adapt to an environment contaminated with...

2010-08-08 17:25:00

Experts said Friday that fires sweeping across Russia are threatening to re-release nuclear contamination from the Chernobyl disaster into the air, but not in levels dangerous to human health. According to Philippe Renaud, head of the environmental radiation laboratory at France's IRSN nuclear safety institute, radioactive cesium 137 from the 1986 explosion of Chernobyl nuclear power plant is locked up in the trees and dead leaves in the forest in certain areas of Russia, Ukraine and...

2010-04-27 07:00:00

On the 24th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych says that the nuclear site remains a serious threat--one that requires additional funding to deal with, according to comments he made on Monday. "We have seen now that the funds we expected to spend are not enough. Additional needs could total about 400 million euro (5.3 million USD)," Yanukovich told Thomas Mirow, the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), according to...

2008-10-02 13:43:32

When a reactor in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded in 1986 in what was then the Soviet republic of Ukraine, radioactive elements were released in the air and dispersed over the Soviet Union, Europe and even eastern portions of North America. More than 20 years later, researchers from Case Western Reserve University traveled to Sweden and Poland to gain insight into the downward migration of Chernobyl-derived radionuclides in the soil. Among the team's findings was the fact that much...

2008-08-22 21:00:23

MOSCOW. Aug 22 (Interfax) - ZAO Atomstroyexport has completed the operations to improve security of the Shelter facility at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the company said in a press release. The final phase of the repair of the light roof over the central hall of Power Unit 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which was destroyed in 1986, was completed in early August, that is, a month earlier than was planned. Atomstroyexport is a leading world company engaged in constructing...

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  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
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