International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

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International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day

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International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day is a United Nations observance that seeks to commemorate the catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on April 26, 1986, in Chernobyl, Ukraine. The observance serves as a solemn occasion to remember the lives lost, communities affected, and the environmental degradation stemming from the nuclear disaster. This day also emphasises the ongoing need for international cooperation in nuclear safety and emergency preparedness to prevent such incidents in the future.

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster is still considered one of the most devastating nuclear accidents in history, impacting millions of people directly and indirectly across Europe and beyond. Despite Australia's geographical distance from Chernobyl, the accident had global ramifications. The event led to increased awareness among Australians about nuclear safety and spurred proactive engagements on issues of nuclear energy and its potential hazards. In addition, it caused the Australian government to adopt stricter rules on radioactive waste management and begin initiatives for alternative renewable energy sources.

International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day is observed in Australia through various activities. These may include educational programs, discussions and debates on nuclear energy safety, and remembering the victims of the disaster. Communities, schools, and environmental organisations often hold events to educate the public on the lasting impact of nuclear disasters and the importance of sustainable energy alternatives. Though the date of this observance does not change based on country, it always falls on April 26, coinciding with the original date of the Chernobyl disaster.

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Facts about the Chernobyl disaster

  • 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 increased the risk of cancer by almost 2 percent.
  • According to the Global Resilience Institute at Northern University, in 2022, about 100 people still live in Chernobyl’s exclusion zone. Nobody is allowed to move here due to the dangerous levels of radiation present.

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