'We're not afraid of radiation'; Test finds Chornobyl residue in Belarus milk. GUBAREVICHI, Belarus -- On the edge of Belarus' Chornobyl exclusion zone, down the road from the signs warning "Stop!
Radiation," a dairy farmer offers his visitors a glass of freshly drawn milk. Associated Press reporters politely decline the drink but pass on a bottled sample to a laboratory, which confirms it contains levels of a radioactive isotope at levels 10 times higher than the nation's food safety limits. That finding on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident indicates how fallout from the April 26, 1986, explosion at the plant in neighbouring Ukraine continues to taint life in Belarus.
The authoritarian government of this agriculture-dependent nation appears determined to restore long-idle land to farm use -- and in a country where dissent is quashed, any objection to the policy is thin. "There is no danger. A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in numbers. CHERNOBYL, Ukraine | Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they’re still unknown.
A look at numbers that hint at the scope of the world’s worst nuclear accident, the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986: —More than 2 billion euros ($2.25 billion): The amount of money being spent by an internationally funded project to build a long-term shelter over the building containing Chernobyl’s exploded reactor. At Chernobyl and Fukushima, radioactivity has seriously harmed wildlife. The largest nuclear disaster in history occurred 30 years ago at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in what was then the Soviet Union.
The meltdown, explosions and nuclear fire that burned for 10 days injected enormous quantities of radioactivity into the atmosphere and contaminated vast areas of Europe and Eurasia. The International Atomic Energy Agency estimates that Chernobyl released 400 times more radioactivity into the atmosphere than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Radioactive cesium from Chernobyl can still be detected in some food products today. And in parts of central, eastern and northern Europe many animals, plants and mushrooms still contain so much radioactivity that they are unsafe for human consumption. The first atomic bomb exploded at Alamogordo, New Mexico more than 70 years ago. However, in the past decade population biologists have made considerable progress in documenting how radioactivity affects plants, animals and microbes. After 30 years, Chernobyl repair racing against time. CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR POWER STATION, Ukraine- Thirty years after the world's worst nuclear accident, theChernobyl power plant is surrounded by both desolation and clangorous activity, the sense of a ruined past and a difficult future.
The plant is derelict. After the No. 4 reactor exploded in the early-morning hours of April 26, 1986, its other reactors were gradually taken out of service and the sprawling complex hasn't produced a watt of electricity since 2000. Just a few hundred yards away from the hulk, hundreds of workers labor to construct a vast and remarkable structure that is to be the first step in removing the tons of radioactive waste that remain. The 2-billion-euro ($2.3 billion) New Safe Confinement project, funded by international donations and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, is a race against time - though, unsettlingly, how much time can't be known. Construction has been plagued by more than just the challenges of radiation. . © 2016 CBS Interactive Inc. Children of Chernobyl. Chernobyl 30 Years On: Residents In Affected Areas Still Eating Radiation-Tainted Food, Greenpeace Says.
Almost 30 years after a flawed reactor design triggered the worst nuclear disaster the world has ever seen, people living in the affected areas in the region are still coming in daily contact with dangerously high levels of radiation, the environmental nonprofit Greenpeace alleged in a report released Wednesday.
“Due to the reduced financial support to deal with the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, control of contaminated foodstuffs is reduced, less money is available to implement protective measures, and less scientific monitoring data are available,” Greenpeace, which investigated the levels of radioactive contamination of locally produced food, said in the report. Ukraine is currently reeling under a political turmoil made worse by pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern territories.
This has severely impacted the country’s economy, which is believed to have contracted over 10 percent last year. Long-term exposure to radiation can lead to severe illnesses.