Today the Ukraine is observing the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear power accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, 110 km north of the capital Kiev.
On April 26, 1986, reactor number four of the Chernobyl plant exploded, spewing forth a radioactive cloud that contaminated vast areas of Eastern Europe and forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. The explosion was estimated to have dumped around 400 times more radiation than the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was joined for a ceremony at the Chernobyl plant by his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.
Renewed Nuclear Doubt
The anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster comes just after the accident at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which continues to leak radiation after damage sustained during the earthquake and tsunami that hit in early March.
The situation in Japan has renewed safety concerns as the world turns ever more towards nuclear power. On the eve of the Chernobyl anniversary, thousands of anti-nuclear protesters took to the streets in France and Germany to voice their opposition.
Elsewhere in India, protesters are organizing a march to the site of a proposed nuclear power plant in Jaitapur.
Key Players –Global Nuclear Power Leaders
- AREVA, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shanghai Electric, General Electric, Alstom, Hitachi, Toshiba, USEC, CAMECO