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The recent upsurge in interest regarding Chernobyl and Pripyat has resulted in many more articles being published. This is great, but it also meant I couldn’t keep pace with listing each one on the website so please follow the Facebook or Twitter accounts for the latest news. 

 


Chernobyl, Pripyat and radiation related news stories from around the globe.

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    • UA.TV: Ukraine commemorates 30 years of Chornobyl tragedy (VIDEO)

      The brave men and women who worked to contain the Chornobyl disaster were honoured recently. 30 years ago, they completed the first sarcophagus over the failed reactor 4. UATV correspondent went to the abandoned city to visit the museum dedicated to the tragedy. 

      16 December 2018 – UA.TV

 

 

 

 

    • Channel removal work trialled at Chernobyl

      A fuel channel, together with a control and protection system channel, have been removed from the reactor of unit 1 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The work was carried out as part of research into developing a plan for dismantling the three undamaged units at the plant. 

      November 12, 2018 – Euronews

 

 

    • Under The Shield: Inside Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement

      It has been two years since a giant steel shelter was slid into position over Chernobyl’s crumbling radioactive ruins. The New Safe Confinement (NSC) was deployed in November 2016 to contain radiation from doomed the nuclear power plant for 100 years. RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service takes a rare look at operations inside of the containment two years on. 

      November 06, 2018 – RFE/RL

 

    • Solar power plant opens in Chornobyl

      32 years after the Chornobyl disaster, the infamous exclusion zone gets a second life as a solar energy plant opens there. 

      October 10, 2018 – Kyiv Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • Meet the dogs of Chernobyl: These wild animals are up for adoption

      When hundreds of temporary workers stream out of the train station every morning to continue the clean up of the nuclear power plant accident that rendered this area a nuclear wilderness 32 years ago — dogs run at them. These humans are their main source of food. 

      July 27, 2018 – Newsweek

 

    • The Legacy of Chernobyl – The Plant

      More than 30 years after the accident, RTÉ News has visited the Chernobyl plant to see how the clean-up operation is progressing. 

      July 27, 2018 – RTE

 

 

 

 

    • I Visited the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone with an Infrared Camera

      A few years ago, I visited the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone with an infrared camera. We always hear praises of the might of Mother Nature, how it renders useless mans’ creations and bears life above the ruins. Well, it’s something that is always felt, but never on such a huge scale. This place IS the place for these contrasts. 

      Simon – a human-friendly fox, whom often approaches groups in the exclusion zone, asking for food.

      Simon – a human-friendly fox, whom often approaches groups in the exclusion zone, asking for food. Copyright: Vladimir Migutin.

      30 January 2018 – PetaPixel

 

 

 

 

 

    • Is Every Photograph From Chernobyl a Lie?

      As I waited to get a coffee at the tiny shop alongside the Zone’s checkpoint, I cringed slightly at the array of glow-in-the-dark knickknacks on sale. Chernobyl, the site of the biggest nuclear disaster in history and now a slightly Disney-fied tourist destination, is a reminder that photography’s “truth” is always a little suspect. 

      26 December 2017 – F Stoppers

 

 

 

 

    • Chernobyl confinement structure nears completion

      Installation of critical systems is progressing within the New Safe Confinement (NSC) covering the damaged unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. 

      29 November 2017 – World Nuclear News

 

 

 

    • Bean-counters with Geiger-counters

      Mass evacuations after nuclear power plant failures are expensive and don’t really save lives, safety analysts suggest. 

      21 November 2017 – Cosmos

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • Building of first solar plant near Chornobyl NPP to be completed by year end

      Solar Chornobyl LLC continues construction and installation work on the construction of the first solar power plant with a capacity of 1 MW on the industrial site of Chornobyl nuclear power plant (NPP), the press service of state-owned special enterprise Chornobyl NPP has said. 

      1 November 2017 – Kyiv Post

 

    • What It’s Actually Like to Visit Chernobyl

      “We get people who come on the tour dressed in biohazard suits,” says Andrii Kryshtal. “They remember. And they’re afraid. But they still want to see.” 

      30 October 2017 – Conde Nash Traveler

 

    • Gamma radiation levels near fourth reactor of Chornobyl NPP ten times lower

      Gamma radiation levels in the near zone from the fourth reactor of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) shrank on average by ten times after the sliding of the New Safe Confinement (NSC), the press service of the State Agency on Exclusion Zone Management has reported. 

      14 October 2017 – Kyiv Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • Chernobyl’s Ferris wheel starts turning

      Tourists visiting the Ukrainian ghost town of Pripyat near Chernobyl started the Ferris wheel. The video of the incident was posted on YouTube. 

      13 September 2017 – Pravda.RU

 

 

 

 

 

    • Chernobyl: City of ghosts

      ‘Don’t drink water from the river,’ says guide to the most contaminated place on the planet. 

      22 August 2017 – Politico.eu

 

    • Holtec clear to start testing ISF2 at Chernobyl

      The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRC) has approved integrated systems testing of the interim used fuel storage facility (ISF2) at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. 

      24 August 2017 – World Nuclear News

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • HBO Developing Miniseries About Chernobyl Disaster

      HBO is developing Chernobyl, a miniseries about the most disastrous nuclear power plant accident in history. The five-part miniseries will star The Crown and Mad Men actor Jared Harris as Soviet scientist Valery Legasov, who was picked by Kremlin to investigate the accident. 

      26 July 2017 – Den of Geek

 

    • Nature reclaims the tainted lands of the Chornobyl exclusion zone

      After three decades of abandonment, nature has regained much of its dominion in the zone – and absorbed the empty human settlements. The streets of Zalissya, a village situated just a couple of kilometers away from the Chornobyl Plant, have turned into dense forest, with old ruined houses barely visible among the trees and high grass. 

      18 July 2017 – KyivPost

 

    • Dogs of Chernobyl: Local vet headed on unique mission

      Most people think of the ruins of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant as a wasteland, devoid of life. In reality, there are hundreds of dogs living there, the descents of animals left behind decades ago when the area was evacuated. 

      11 July 2017 – CBS8

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • Smoke detected at Ukraine’s crippled Chernobyl power plant

      Ukraine’s nuclear regulatory body reported smoke at one of the rooms at Unit 3 in Chernobyl, adding that it was briefly “liquidated” by the state emergency personnel and the radiological situation at the site has not changed following the incident, RT reports. 

      14 June 2017 – Panarmenian Net

 

    • Chernobyl May Be The World’s Oddest Bachelor Party Spot

      A proper bachelor or bachelorette party should include lots of beer, cocktails and somewhat questionable decisions. Visiting a place that remains highly radioactive, however, is pushing things a bit too far. 

      08 June 2017 – Travel Pulse, Gabe Zaldivar

 

    • Rock Concert for Chernobyl

      On May 31st 1986 a small group of musicians staged the first charity rock concert ever held in the USSR. It was organised in less than two weeks to raise money for the victims of the Chernobyl disaster. 

      31 May 2017 – BBC World Service

 

    • My Visit to the Abandoned Radioactive City of Pripyat

      Before you read the rest of the article, and it will be a long read, please allow me to share a few thoughts with you. Visiting the abandoned city of Pripyat and the disaster site of Chernobyl was an experience that I was looking forward to for a very long time. 

      24 May 2017 – PetaPixel, Roman Robroek

 

 

    • The Daring Laborers Who Sandblast Chernobyl’s Radioactive Metal

      Thirty years later, 1,600 square miles of northern Ukraine and southern Belarus remains a wasteland except for the hardiest wildlife, a small holdout of elderly citizens, and industrial workers, some who roam the countryside scavenging radioactive metal. 

      18 May 2017 – WIRED, Laura Mallonee

 

 

    • Could the Chernobyl disaster pave the way for life on Mars?

      The 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine saw high doses of radiation blasted into the surrounding area. 

      The long-term effects on living organisms are of high interest to scientists in a range of applications, including medicine and conservation.

      9 May 2017 – nzherald.co.nz

 

    • TRAVEL DIARY: UKRAINE, PART II

      Yeah, it’s another one of these. Might as well. These days the local news is moving so fast, and so depressingly, that I’d rather talk about Eastern Europe’s most recent frozen conflict and a three-decade-old nuclear disaster zone. 

      9 May 2017 – The Norwich Radical, Rob Harding

 

    • This May Be The Most Unexpected “Hot” Tourist Destination, Ever

      Horror movie buffs and anyone looking for a more macabre getaway have a new destination for their bucket lists. Travel + Leisure reports that of all the places in the world, Chernobyl has become a major destination for anyone looking to experience a one-of-a-kind getaway. 

      3 May 2017 – Refinery 29, Christopher Luu

 

    • Ukrainians remember Chernobyl disaster

      Young Ukrainians hold candles during a ceremony near the memorial for ‘liquidators’ who died during cleaning-up works after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. 

      28 April 2017 – Echonetdaily

 

 

    • 31 Years Later, the Lights Come Back on in Chernobyl

      Last week, on the eve of the 31st anniversary of the disaster, a group of Polish adventurers decided to turn the lights back on in Pripyat, a radioactive ghost town located three miles from the Chernobyl reactor. 

      Polish adventurers turn the lights back on in Pripyat

      19 April 2017 – Global Voices

 

    • Ukrainian corruption casts nuclear pall over Europe

      The problems facing Ukraine’s nuclear power industry are multi-faceted, but the main issue is the same one plaguing the whole of the former Soviet republic — corruption, which is breeding a lack of accountability and mismanagement of the sector’s critical infrastructure. 

      30 March 2017 – The Washington Times, L. Todd Wood

 

    • The making of Chernobyl

      Never-before-seen photos show workers constructing the nuclear plant that would become the scene of the world’s worst nuclear disaster. 

      15 March 2017 – Mail Online, Hannah Al-Othman

 

    • Wildlife thriving in Chernobyl exclusion zone despite dangers

      Recovery since 1986 nuclear disaster gives researchers unique ecosystem to study. 

      An injured wild boar domesticated by one of the few people still living in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Photograph: Stephen Starr

      An injured wild boar domesticated by one of the few people still living in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Photograph: Stephen Starr

      14 March 2017 – Irish Times, Stephen Starr

 

 

    • Chernobyl fallout: the villagers who refuse to leave

      They were meant to move away after the Soviet nuclear reactor exploded, in 1986. But hundreds of villagers crept back to their livestock and crops. They’re still there, but their unusual way of life is disappearing. 

      Ivan Ivanovich is part of a community of about 200 samosely, or illegal settlers, who eke out a life in Chernobyl’s restricted zone.

      Ivan Ivanovich is part of a community of about 200 samosely, or illegal settlers, who eke out a life in Chernobyl’s restricted zone. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

      4 March 2017 – Irish Times, Stephen Starr

 

 

    • Rebirth and Recovery in the Shadow of Chernobyl

      I recently had the privilege of working with two historians (Kate Brown at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and her colleague Olha Martynyuk of the National Technical University of Ukraine) on their first-person exploration of the legacy of the 1986 Chernobyl incident on villagers living in the outer part of the contaminated zone. 

      17 February 2017 – Discover Magazine, Corey S. Powell

 

 

    • 11 Images Show Active Wildlife at Chernobyl

      More than 30 years after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine became the world’s largest nuclear accident, life is vibrant and thriving. Dozens of species—wolves, boars, eagles and more—roam the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. 

      9 February 2017 – Paste, Carolyn Crist

 

 

 

 

    • Exploring the Chernobyl Unit 2 Nuclear Reactor Central Hall

      I am focusing this brief article on our visit to the central hall of the Unit 2 reactor and would like to share this video that I captured during our visit that has been narrated by my friend Carl Willis, a nuclear engineer from New Mexico. 

      5 January 2017 – enformable.com, Lucas W Hixson

 

 

    • Watch Lunatics Go Base Jumping at Chernobyl

      BASE jumping is incredibly dangerous. Short drops (well, short by skydiving standards) mean you only have a few short seconds to pull your ‘chute. Worse yet, you run the risk of slamming into the very thing you’re jumping off. Pull too early, you hit one thing. Too late, you hit another. But for some people, that’s not quite enough danger. So what’s an adrenaline junky to do? Head to Chernobyl. 

      22 December 2016 – Popular Mechanics, Eric Limer

 

    • Is Our Fear of Nuclear Energy Overblown?

      One researcher argues that the dangers are exaggerated, but the nuclear industry has much bigger problems than our misperceptions. 

      20 December 2016 – PacificStandard, Mike White

 

 

    • You Can Play ‘Pokémon Go’ Inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

      An area of the world where many humans fear to tread has a surprising new collection of residents. Pokémon have found their way inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the 18.6 mile-wide area surrounding the 1986 nuclear disaster. 

      10 December 2016 – inverse.com, Mike Brown

 

    • Will the Nuclear Ghost Town of Pripyat Ever Be Livable Again?

      The abandoned city of Pripyat in northern Ukraine has become immortalized in video games, horror movies, and documentaries, after the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant made it a ghost town. Stepping into the city for the first time offers an eerie experience, especially in the decaying downtown center, where the floor of a now decrepit grocery store is still littered with shopping carts abandoned 30 years ago. 

      6 December 2016 – inverse.com, Christian Borys

 

    • Mammoet completes installation of New Safe Confinement in Chernobyl

      Today Mammoet finished skidding the New Safe Confinement over the reactor building of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. Clever engineering has helped install the arch-shaped construction over the destroyed reactor building. 

      3 December 2016 – Cranessy, Elian Ionescu

 

 

 

    • chernobyl site sealed with massive steel shield

      On April 26, 1986 a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded, causing an environmental disaster never before seen, and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee. 

      28 November 2016 – EuroNews

 

 

    • Conor Farrell: “Chernobyl was mad, I was shell-shocked”

      We sat down with Ardee man Conor Farrell this week to discuss his new book ‘The Road to Chernobyl’, relive his own experiences in the disaster zone and chat about how Jeremy Clarkson proved an unlikely inspiration. 

      20 November 2016 – This is Ardee

 

 

 

 

 

    • Exclusive: Inside Chernobyl’s Radioactive Ruins

      Workers in Ukraine will soon begin the task of moving a 31,000-ton steel cover over the radioactive ruins of the Chernobyl nuclear plant. The massive structure — called the New Safe Confinement (NSC) — will seal off Chernobyl’s reactor Unit 4. 

      12 November 2016 – rferl.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • End walls in place for Chernobyl cover

      Construction has been completed of the dividing walls between units 3 and 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, against which the New Safe Confinement (NSC) over unit 4 will be placed. Completion of the new cover is scheduled for November 2017. 

      7 October 2016 – World Nuclear News

 

 

 

    • Coming of Age in the Shadow of Chernobyl

      Niels Ackermann went to Ukraine for the first time in 2009 somewhat by accident. He yearned to photograph in Russia, but it was too expensive for his budget as a university student in his hometown, Geneva. Flights to Kiev were cheaper than to Moscow, and no visa was needed. 

      29 August 2016 – New York Times, James Estrin

 

 

 

    • Chernobyl Has Turned into an Unlikely Poster Child for Environmentalism

      The name “Chernobyl” has become synonymous with the eerie, urban ruins left in the wake of devastating nuclear fallout. 

      But a new legacy has begun to blossom from the ashes of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ), the 1000-square-mile surrounding the remains of the ill-fated Ukrainian power plant and its neighboring city of Pripyat. Once the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history, Chernobyl is becoming an unlikely poster child for sustainable energy and environmental renewal.

      28 July 2016 – Motherboard, Becky Ferreira

 

 

    • Chernobyl units 1-3 now clear of damaged fuel

      The last damaged used fuel assembly from units 1-3 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was removed yesterday – from the cooling pool of unit 1 – and transferred to ISF1, a wet-type interim storage facility. 

      7 June 2016 – World Nuclear News

 

    • All spent fuel removed from Chornobyl NPP reactors

      Unloading of spent nuclear fuel from reactor one of Chornobyl nuclear power plant (NPP) was completed on June 6, 2016, Ukrainian Ecology and Natural Resources Minister Ostap Semerak has said. 

      7 June 2016 – Interfax Ukraine

 

    • The face of Belarus’ ‘invisible people’

      In the decades since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, as the world has reckoned with the unintended effects of nuclear power, a group of people in Belarus has quietly lived out its consequences. 

      5 June 2016 – Corinne Segal, PBS News Hour

 

    • Once upon a time in Chernobyl

      The name Chernobyl reminds everyone of the nuclear plant disaster of 1986. Hardly anybody connects this name with football. Hopefully in future, after reading this article, the name of Chernobyl will also remind them of the connection that exists between the beautiful game and that horrific incident. 

      31 May 2016 – Arghya Lahiri, Goalden Times

 

    • Low-dose radiation may be linked to cancer risk

      Radiation from hospital scans and long-haul flights could be linked to a small but measurable increase in the risk of cancer, high-capacity genetic testing is revealing. 

      30 May 2016 – Benedict O’Donnell, Horizon Magazine

 

 

    • A Town gives up on going home

      “This is the primary school I attended. I used to sit in the second row from the back of the classroom,” said Alexander Syrota, who left Pripyat on April 27, 1986. 

      19 May 2016 – Seiya Tsuji and Taro Yokosawa, Nikkei

 

 

 

 

 

    • How Chernobyl shook the USSR

      The disaster at Chernobyl three decades ago came at a time when the rigid foundations of the Soviet system began to be challenged at various levels. 

      26 April 2016 – Olexiy Solohubenko, BBC

 

 

    • Chernobyl – Return to Pripyat

      For residents of Chernobyl, a three-day evacuation turned into a thirty-year exile. 

      26 April 2016 – Alessandra Prentice, REUTERS

 

    • Chernobyl’s Radioactive Ruins Get a New Tomb

      Thirty years after the disaster, a giant structure will replace the crumbling Soviet-era sarcophagus built to contain the site’s radiation. 

      25 April 2016 – John Wendle, National Geographic

 

 

 

 

 

    • Chernobyl snap-shots: A history frozen in radiation 30 years ago

      This year has brought some sobering anniversaries. Everyone likes a round number and 2016 has handed down a straight flush of elegiac reports on disasters past: the 30-year marker of the Chernobyl explosion of April 26, 1986, and last month, the five-year remembrance of the meltdowns in Fukushima Japan. 

      21 April 2016 – Charles Digges, Bellona

 

 

 

    • Living in the Exclusion Zone

      Ganay Zavorotnya is determined not to leave her home. Zavorotnya is living in the Exclusion Zone near Chernobyl and is at daily risk for radiation exposure and despite the risk she cannot imagine going anywhere else and wants to remain in her home. 

      17 April 2016 – Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY

 

 

 

    • A rural retirement in Chernobyl’s radioactive shadow

      Ninety-year-old Ivan Shamyanok says the secret to a long life is not leaving your birthplace, even when it is a Belarusian village poisoned with radioactive fallout from a nuclear disaster. 

      Ivan Shamyanok, 90, sits in front of his house in the village of Tulgovichi, near the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, Belarus April 2, 2016.

      14 April 2016 – Vasily Fedosenko, Reuters

 

 

 

    • Chernobyl: 30 years on from nuclear leak

      At about 3pm on the last Monday in April 1986, a mass of black clouds unleashed a sudden downpour on the sleepy western Russian town of Novozybkov, sending participants in a rehearsal for that year’s May Day parade running for cover. 

      11 April 2016 – Roland Oliphant, Stuff.co.nz

 

 

  • Radiation harm deniers? Pro-nuclear environmentalists and the Chernobyl death toll

    Just as climate change deniers leap from scientific uncertainty over the precise impacts of greenhouse gas emissions to certainty of little or no impact at all, so ‘pro-nuclear environmentalists’ conflate uncertainty of the mortality arising from Chernobyl and other nuclear disasters to certainty of few if any deaths, writes Jim Green. Their position is equally indefensible. 

    7 April 2016 – Dr Jim Green, The Ecologist

 
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