Chernobyl, 20 Years After the Disaster

See photos of the aftereffects of the April 26, 1986, explosion at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, the worlds worst industrial disaster.
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Six-year-old Vedernikova Marija watches her father and a friend prepare a fishing net at their home in the town of Chernobyl. Vedernikova is the only child known to be living within the 19-mile (30-kilometer) exclusion zone around the now closed Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

More than a hundred types of radioactive compound were released when Chernobyls reactor number four exploded on April 26, 1986. Most of them have decayed to acceptable levels. But some still persist in dangerous amounts, and the risk of developing cancer, particularly for children, is high.

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