Belarus Marks 31 Years Since Chernobyl Disaster

26 April 2017 marks 31 years since the Chernobyl disaster when the explosion destroyed the fourth unit of the nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Most of the radioactive fallout covered the territory of Belarus. Belarus appeared dangerously close to the reactor. The most affected place on the Ukrainian side was Pripyat, the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union founded on 4 February 1970 to serve the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. About 35% of cesium-137 fallout in Europe affected Belarus. 23% of the country’s territories were contaminated by┬ácesium-137 with more than 37 kBq/m2. The biological half-life of the radionuclide … Continue reading Belarus Marks 31 Years Since Chernobyl Disaster