On April 26, 1986, the entire world was horrified by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. This catastrophic event occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine, and it has since been a topic of both odd fascination and somber reflection. An explosion starting a fire released radioactive matter, spreading across a very large radius. A count of 31 people lost their lives immediately, countless were injured, and numerous others may eventually show signs over time that they were affected. This tragedy has been captured through photographs immediately following the accident and even three decades later.
Chernobyl was the very first nuclear power plant in the Ukraine, which at the time was under the Soviet regimen. It was a source of great pride for the atomic energy program in the region, and it was designed to make military-grade plutonium, which would then generate electricity from the plutonium’s steam. The plant utilized the latest cutting-edge technology and had never had any notable incidents in connection with accident prevention. It contained a total of four Russian-made reactors, and the nuclear fuel was encased by graphite, which was a main safety feature, as that it should ideally absorb heat from the four reactors and keep them consistently at a safe temperature.