Facing long-term effects of Chernobyl

Chernobyl’s lasting impacts are not easy to package into a single story. Several of the people we interviewed for Miles O’Brien’s tape report, “Revisiting Chernobyl: a Nuclear Disaster Site of Epic Proportions,” had such courageous tales that it was impossible to tell them in one short news piece.

Scene from the former day care facility in the town of Pripyat – the company town for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was built as a shining example of the “Life Soviet” in the mid-seventies – but had to be evacuated after the explosion in Reactor #4 on April 26, 1986. People who lived there – 49,000 in all – were told to leave – but not given any indication it was forever. Later, crews came in to destroy valuables (TV’s and the like) to insure no one would come back to take things that might slowly kill them.

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