International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

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2021 Date26 April 2021
2022 Date26 April 2022
International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day History

International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day remembers the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986. A routine shut down was to be conducted however, due to structural errors with the reactor, a surge was created which resulted in one of the world’s largest chemical explosions. The explosion released radiation over many parts of the Soviet Union. According to the United Nations, over 8 million people were exposed to radiation. Today, radiation still threatens surrounding areas and communities. With the help of 45 donor nations and more than $2 billion, a reinforced safety confinement was placed over the old shelter in 2019.

International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day was established in 2016 by the UN General Assembly. It is observed annually on April 26th.

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  • About 30,000 people were near Chernobyl's reactor when it exploded on April 26, 1986. Those exposed to the radiation are thought to have received about 45 rem which is a unit of radiation dosage. This amount increaseed the risk of cancer by almost 2 percent.
  • $2.65 billion was provided in 2019 by over 45 nations to fund the completion of a safe confinement shelter for the Chernobyl disaster zone.
  • The explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant spread a radioactive cloud over large parts of the Soviet Union (present day territories of Belarus, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation). According to the UN, nearly 8.4 million people in the three countries were exposed to the radiation.

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