CHERNOBYL 1986 Soviet Union Nuclear Disaster clenup Medal of Honour- with enamel- Original - vintage USSR CCCP by PinBadges on Etsy
The first ever photo taken of the Chernobyl disaster, 14 hours after the explosion. It was taken by photographer Igor Kostin in the first helicopter to fly over the disaster zone to evaluate radiation levels. The view is foggy due to the high radiation.
On April 21, 1990, young children on a collective farm are patients on a ward in Syekovo, a village not far from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Four years after the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl accident, these children were suffering intestinal problems from exposure to radiation. A Soviet newspaper has said scientists still expect thousands of deaths from radiation released in the Chernobyl explosion and fire.
May 1986: After the evacuation of Chernobyl on 5 May, 1986, liquidators wash the radioactive dust off the streets using a product called "bourda", meaning molasses. Chernobyl had about 15,000 inhabitants before the accident. Photograph: Igor Kostin/Corbis