It’s been 30 years since one of Chernobyl’s four nuclear reactors exploded and spread radioactive particles miles in every direction. The April 26, 1986, disaster killed over 30 people directly, while thousands more were evacuated from the surrounding area. Decontamination and health care costs were and continue to be extensive, and the longer-term effects from the catastrophe continue to be seen today.

Take a look below at some articles published in the days and years following the incident::


Soviet Union's report

Early reports: 2 people killed

Chernobyl Cartoon
1986 cartoon reflects public sentiment on the disaster at Chernobyl


No reason for concern


Chernobyl: Disaster Continues

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