Miners were among the many people the USSR deployed after the disaster.
Most of the time, these operations were not urgent – unlike the one following this disaster that summoned some 600,000 people to the site of the worst nuclear accident of all time.
An abandoned hotel building in Pripyat, a few miles from Chernobyl.
Most plant life survived the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl - and they have a lack of legs to thank for it.
The memorial to the Chernobyl disaster in front of the reactor, now encased in its new containment shield.
Documentary or drama? The HBO/Sky series is gripping watching, but sometimes facts make way for artistic licence.
A ferris wheel in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine.
The HBO series 'Chernobyl' has reignited interest among tourists to visit Pripyat, but growing up in the disaster's shadow has made us wary.
You might think it morbid, but people have many reasons for visiting the sites of battles and disasters.
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (Ukraine) with the new safe confinement building over the number 4 reactor unit. May 2017.
The initial impact of the catastrophe on nature was important, but the exclusion zone has now become a natural reserve.
The “Miharu Takizakura”, a weeping cherry tree over a thousand years old.
In 2011 the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster struck Japan. Eight years later, Fukushima is perceived in very different ways by the West and by Japan.
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We asked climate researchers to peer through the smog and highlight some positive stories from 2018.
Inside a power-plant cooling tower.
Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima demonstrated the difficulty of managing a disaster at a nuclear power plant. What is the situation in France?
Teach a child about other cultures and we can form bonds around the world.
Forging emotional bonds through care, companionship and shared experiences, two very different countries built civic ties from the rubble of the world's worst nuclear disaster.
Workers at Fukushima in January 2018.
On March 11, 2011, a nuclear disaster struck Japan. Translated testimony by the power plant's manager reveals how close the world came to a greater catastrophe -- and how much there is to be learned.
Drones being used to find survivors after an earthquake in Ecuador in 2016.
Stand by for drones, robots and sensors to the rescue.
Students at Ponar Forest in Lithuania, where Nazis massacred many Jews.
Daniel B. Bitran
In recent years, the number of people traveling to sites of death, natural disaster, acts of violence, tragedy and crimes against humanity has dramatically increased. Is it immoral?
The next generation of reactors provide in-built safety systems and a way to reuse old fuel.
A sculpture of a bomb remains by the Black Hole of Los Alamos.
This year saw nuclear weapons tested, stockpiles renewed, and disasters remembered.
A doll lies in the ghost town of Pripyat, abandoned since the nearby Chernobyl power plant suffered a catastrophic meltdown in 1986.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has documented heart-rending testimonies and elicited shattering revelations. But how does a society witness itself failing at its most fundamental duty?
Disaster tourism and obsessions with sites of death and destruction can be a learning experience, not just voyeurism.
Radiation exposure as a child can increase cancer risk later in life. But by how much?
Chernobyl is already responsible for up to 5,000 cases of cancer in Europe.
After one reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant caught fire and exploded in 1986, the whole site was encased in a concrete sarcophagus.
The meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 exposed 572 million people to radiation. No other nuclear accident holds a candle to that level of public health impact.
White storks on road near Chernobyl, Ukraine. Many parts of the Chernobyl region have low radioactivity levels and serve as refuges for plants and animals.
How do we measure long-term impacts of nuclear accidents? Studies at Chernobyl and Fukushima show that radiation has harmed animals, birds and insects and reduced biodiversity at both sites.