Natalia Nikolaychuk cannot say the name of her hometown without starting to cry, and simply refers to it as “the other life.”
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved an action plan for 2014 to prepare Chornobyl NPP for decommissioning and transforming the Shelter object into an ecologically safe system. The appropriate decision was stipulated in government decree No. 108 of April 16. According to the document, the total cost of measures is Hr 745.271 million.
On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant's reactor No. 4 blew up after a cooling capability test, and the resulting nuclear fire lasted 10 days, spewing 400 times as much radiation as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. To date, it's the world's worst nuclear accident. The 2011 Fukushima meltdown, of course, is still playing out -- but actually, so is Chernobyl.
A new town has been built to house the former liquidators - the men and women called in to clean up the nuclear mess. Today, it has one of the highest birth rates in the Ukraine and regularly comes top in the rankings of the best places to live.
Editor’s Note: In this feature, the Kyiv Post brings together the most relevant events from the morning’s headlines.
It has been nearly 27 years since the meltdown at Chernobyl, the world's largest nuclear accident, yet the area still has pockets of surprising radioactivity.
Ukraine and Japan on Monday agreed to launch a joint satellite project to track the state of crippled Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear plants, sites of the world’s greatest nuclear disasters.
Tokyo – The authorities in Japan and Ukraine plan to realize a joint program to monitor the state of the environment and the reactors at the NPPs in Fukushima and Chornobyl using small satellites, the Japan's Nikkei newspaper reported on Thursday.
Ecology and Natural Resources Minister of Ukraine Oleh Proskuriakov has reported that his ministry will do everything possible to rehabilitate Chornobyl exclusion zone and ensure there is environmental safety there.
CHORNOBYL, Ukraine – A turbine hall adjoining Chornobyl’s destroyed fourth reactor has a gaping 600-square meter opening where the roof collapsed in February. The roof has not been fixed yet, letting in rainwater that mingles with radioactive dust and elements inside and oozes out.
CHORNOBYL, Ukraine — Despite the scary name, the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone is a bustling community full of gossip and colorful stories.
Traversing old potholed roads past long-abandoned villages surrounding the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, you wouldn’t guess there’s a bustling construction site nearby.
The so-called exclusion zone around the Chornobyl nuclear power plant was once home to some 120,000 people, who were evacuated following the reactor meltdown at in 1986. Trees that sprouted in living rooms are now pushing through rooftops inside this highly contaminated, sealed off area, while wild horses and wolves roam the woods.
However, there are also some 7,000 people working here, including almost 3,000 at the plant itself.
An international fund managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is spending an estimated $2 billion to build a new confinement shelter to protect the world from Chornobyl's radioactivity for the next 100 years.
Part of a structure next to the damaged nuclear reactor at Ukraine's Chernobyl power plant has collapsed, the authorities said on Wednesday, adding there were no injuries or any increase in radiation levels.
Ukrainian officials say a roof section at the exploded Chernobyl nuclear power plant has collapsed causing no injuries and leaving radiation levels unaffected.
At 2 p.m. on Feb. 12, part of the roof and the wall of the Chornobyl nuclear plant collapsed, Ukraine's emergencies services announced. The accident took down about 600 square meters of a covering adjacent to the ill-famed fourth unit. Emergencies services said radiation levels did not increase after the accident.
PACAL Industries is accustomed to the pressure of fabricating incredibly precise metal products — because a mistake can cost lives.
The products include main frames, booms and other parts for massive cranes throughout the world.
“If they fail, somebody dies,” said Jeff Kroes, vice president of the La Crosse manufacturing operations for the Roseville, Minn.-based company.
CHORNOBYL NUCLEAR POWER STATION, Ukraine (AP) — Workers have raised the first section of a colossal arch-shaped structure that eventually will cover the exploded nuclear reactor at the Chornobyl power station.