This hospital received many of Reactor 4′s first victims for treatment immediately after the explosion at Chernobyl. The hospital itself however was already exposed to huge amounts of radiation. Every rescue worker who attended the initial explosion was killed by radiation poisoning.”
On April 26, 1986, operators in this control room of reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant committed a fatal series of errors during a safety test, triggering a reactor meltdown that resulted in the world's largest nuclear accident to date. Today, the control room sits abandoned and deadly radioactive. Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine, 2005 (Gerd Ludwig/INSTITUTE)
After the explosion at Reactor 4, curious people flocked on the railway bridge just outside Pripyat to get a good view of the reactor. They were told that radiation level was minimal and that they were safe. In truth, much of the radiation had been blown onto this bridge in a huge spike. They saw the rainbow coloured flames of the burning graphite nuclear core, which were higher than the smoke stack itself. Now they're all dead. They were exposed to over 500 roentgens, a fatal dose.
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