April 26, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The explosion of Chernobyl’s No. 4 nuclear reactor in the Ukraine on April 26, 1986, sent a huge cloud of radioactive dust over much of Europe. Some 15,000 people are believed to have died as a result of the tragedy, while another 50,000 to 70,000 people were severely injured. An estimated 5 million people, including more than one million children, have been exposed to to nuclear radiation in the aftermath of the blast.
VII photographer Gary Knight visited the destroyed Chernobyl reactor and other working nuclear reactors in the former Soviet Union in 1999. The audio in this story is from various news broadcasts on April 28, 1986.
Note: Don’t miss the Chernobyl exhibit at the VII Gallery featuring photographs by Antonin Kratochvil, Donald Weber and Maciek Nabrdalik. It will run from April 26 to May 31, 2011, at 28 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY.