Chernobyl marks 25th anniversary

Chernobyl marks 25th anniversary

By Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun April 27, 2011
Before Russian and Ukrainian leaders arrived at a site near Chernobyl on Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident, crews washed down the site to disperse the radioactive dust that persists still.

“It’s impossible to be here without trepidation,” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said to reporters at the sombre ceremony, where he joined with Ukrainian President Viktor Janukovych in calling for more security around nuclear power plants.

The explosion during a routine test at Chernobyl’s No. 4 reactor killed two workers, another 31 workers were acknowledged to have died from exposure to radiation and an untold (and still disputed) number of people have died or become sick from cancer in its aftermath.

A wide exclusion zone around the defunct plant, within which the town of Pripyat, formerly home to 50,000 people, remains abandoned.

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