The Chernobyl Disaster…What Have We Learned?

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Published on Apr 28, 2016

Alexey Yaroshevsky, RT America joins Thom. It’s now been thirty years since the worst nuclear disaster in history. On April 26, 1986 – the reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the city of Pripyat, Ukraine exploded – sending a massive cloud of radioactive material into the atmosphere. Radiation continued to flowed out of the destroyed plant for 10 straight days – spreading toxic materials for over 77,000 square miles. 31 people died in the ensuing cleanup – and many thousands of other deaths have been connected to the disaster – as have countless cases of cancer. To this day – the area around the Chernobyl plan is surrounded by a 19 square mile exclusion zone – and it will take 20,000 years before it’s safe again for humans to live there. What happened in Chernobyl remains a potent warning about the dangers of atomic power – that the worst really can happen. So – thirty years on – how much closer are we to grappling with that reality?

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