April 26 - Day of memory of those killed in radiation accidents and catastrophes in Russia
Memorial Day for those killed in radiation accidents and disasters is celebrated annually on April 26 in memory of the events of April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
On this day, the world's largest man-made disaster occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. About 190 tons of radioactive substances were released into the atmosphere. Dangerous radioactive substances were released into the environment due to a fire that lasted almost two weeks. The population of Chernobyl was irradiated 90 times more than the population of Hiroshima after the explosion of the atomic bomb.
The territory was contaminated with an area of 160,000 square kilometers - the northern part of Ukraine, the west of Russia and Belarus. About 400 thousand people were evacuated from the disaster zone.
Bryansk region suffered the most from radioactive contamination in Russia. A little less trouble touched the Tula, Kaluga, Orel regions.
The scale of the catastrophe could have become much larger, if not for the courage and dedication of the participants in the liquidation of the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. At the risk of life and health, they protected people from the harmful effects and further spread of radiation. World reaction Some states after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant abandoned the developments in the field of nuclear energy. Inspections on the safety of nuclear power plants have become more thorough. Power plants that have worked their time, close. The EU took measures to close the Ignalina nuclear power plant in Lithuania. In the future another nuclear power plant will be built there.