Thursday, December 17, 2009
A Monument a Day #16 - Chornobyl Victims Memorial
Memorial to the victims of the Chornobyl nuclear accident
This memorial was dedicated by President Victor Yushenko on the 20th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster. On April 26th, 1986, there was an explosion and fire in reactor #4 at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Station near the city of Prypyat (the city has been abandoned since it was evacuated). Bila Tserkva is located in the Chornobyl region for purposes of government assistance to survivors. Many of the emergency personnel and doctors from Bila Tserkva participated in the emergency response to Chornobyl and the massive cleanup that followed.
There are no exact statistics as to how many people have died or have been physically harmed by the radiation release at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Station, but it is in the tens of thousands. The effects on future generations can not be estimated.
There is a good documentary that explains the accident and the details of the cleanup and government cover up of the disaster. Here are the links to the parts:
The Chornobyl Memorial is located at: 49°47'8.18"N 30° 9'16.88"E