16th Anniversary Marked by Chernobyl Survivors
On April 26th, 1986 the World's worst nuclear power accident occurred at Chernobyl in the former USSR (now Ukraine). At 1:23a.m., the No. 4 reactor exploded and a fireball blew off the reactor's heavy steel and concrete lid.
The accident at
the Chernobyl nuclear power plant located 80 miles north of Kiev killed
more than 30 people immediately, and as a result of the high radiation
levels in the surrounding 20-mile radius, 135,00 people had to be evacuated.
Radiation spewed across Europe, Russia, Belarus, and the then Soviet Ukraine.
Crowds of survivors
gathered in remembrance recently to mark the 16th anniversary of the tragic
event. From all across their country Ukrainians marked the anniversary
by holding ceremonies in churches, cemeteries and public squares, that
began an 1:23 a.m.