Once upon a time in Chernobyl, people were thriving. There were children that played on the fields, queueing in front of the Ferris wheel, there were people tending to their gardens, wives cooking dinner for their husbands that worked in the power plant. Until disaster stroke and transformed the city into the most dangerous area on the planet.
Once upon a time in Chernobyl the people were enjoying the return of spring. On the 26th of April 1986, around 1:23 AM the majority of the city’s inhabitants were sleeping. Only a few were working the graveyard shift at the nuclear power plant.
Those few were the first-hand witnesses and victims of a disaster that affected the entire world. An event so tragic and so powerful that its effects are still being felt thirty years later.
On the night of the 26th of April, a couple of employees were conducting a routine test on the fourth reactor of the power plant. But something went horribly wrong, and the routine procedure turned into the infamous Chernobyl disaster.
The explosion was so powerful that the reactor burned for ten consecutive days. The fire spread a cloud of nuclear waste that enveloped most of Europe.
Chernobyl is a small Ukrainian town close to the Russian border. It’s neighbor, Pripyat, is the closest settlement in the area. And when the disaster hit, both towns were severely affected. But Russians waited more than half a day to evacuate the inhabitants of the latter for fear of not looking weak in the eyes of the USA with which they were at war, a Cold War.
Gorbachev, who was later awarded a Nobel Prize for Peace, waited until the 14th of May to tell the Russian people about the explosion and the dangers that it came with.
Naturally, people panicked as radiation sickness spread over the inhabitants of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Certain parts of Chernobyl and Pripyat are still considered fallout zones and individuals are forbidden to enter the area.
Once upon a time in Chernobyl there were children playing on the streets, now scientists are hanging remote cameras in the trees to bask in amazing while looking of footage of wild animals roaming the area.
There are even a couple of individuals living in the zones further away from the plant. With pale, yellowish skin and cloudy eyes, they talk about people that got radiation sickness. They remember the better days of Chernobyl and they long for the sound of children playing in the street.
Once upon a time in Chernobyl there were children playing and mothers cooking. Now an abandoned Ferris wheel is being haunted by wild animals.
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