Oct 01 2010

POTD: Monument to the Chernobyl Liquidators

by in Chernobyl Tour 2007, Eastern Europe & the Caucasus, Photo of the Day, Ukraine

Monument to the Chernobyl Liquidators

In the city of Chernobyl there stands a simple memorial to the liquidators who rushed to reactor number four in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. The firefighters who initially responded to the disaster on the morning of April 26, 1986 were unaware that they were entering a radioactive environment, and rushed to the plant without donning protective suits and respirators. While they labored to extinguish the fires, their bodies absorbed lethal doses of radiation, and many of them later died of Acute Radiation Sickness. Overall, some 600,000 workers, including scientists, miners, and Soviet military conscripts, participated in the Chernobyl cleanup efforts. To this day, many of them continue to experience a variety of health problems stemming from their time spent in the zone. The plaque on the monument is inscribed “To those who saved the world.”

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One Response to POTD: Monument to the Chernobyl Liquidators

  1. From luka:

    this is lay,no one can go in chernobyl,and survive!!

    Posted on March 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm #
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