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Chernobyl Prepares For 25th Anniversary Of Its Nuclear Disaster

PRIPYAT, UKRAINE - MARCH 25: Personal articles are seen in the empty town of Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on March 25, 2011 in Pripyat, Ukraine. The 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is next month. On April 26, 1986, a series of explosions destroyed Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 station causing a nuclear meltdown as firefighters tackled a blaze that burned for 10 days and sent a plume of radiation around the world in the worst-ever civil nuclear disaster. Over fifty people died and more than 130,000 people were evacuated from around the Chernobyl dead zone.. (Photo by Vladimir Simicek - isifa/Getty Images)

Chernobyl today

Twenty-seven years on from the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, a look at life inside the exclusion zone. The Chernobyl disaster that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine is considered to be the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. The official Soviet casualty count of 31 deaths has been disputed, and long-term effects such as cancers and deformities are still being accounted for.