April 26, 2016, marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster that became one of the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in terms of cost and casualties. Following the explosion of the reactor and the consequent fire, large quantities of radioactive particles were released into the atmosphere. 31 people died in the immediate aftermath of the explosion, about 600,000 liquidators were later exposed to high radiation doses, over eight million residents of nearby areas of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia were also largely effected by radiation, 400,000 people were displaced. Today, the so-called Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement is being constructed to cover the old structure that has been standing for almost 30 years. It is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2017. The Chernobyl power station will be fully dismantled only by 2065.
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