Chernobyl, Ukraine, was the site of a major nuclear disaster in 1986. When a systems test in a reactor there went out of control, the ensuing meltdown sent radioactive material across Europe.
The surrounding region in Ukraine was contaminated - and remains so until this day. At first the Soviet Union officials tried to cover up the disaster. The population was not informed or evacuated. The impact of the accident is felt until today with long-term health consequences and deaths. This page is a collection of DW Chernobyl-related content.
A new solar power plant has opened in Ukraine, a stone’s throw from where Europe’s biggest nuclear calamity took place three decades ago. In April 1986, a botched test ultimately led to thousands of deaths and clouds of nuclear fallout blowing across much of Europe.
People in Crimea are experiencing unusual symptoms after reports of an incident at a titanium plant. Authorities claim there is no threat to public health on the peninsula, but children have nonetheless been evacuated.
It’s been more than three decades since the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. Catastrophic radioactive contamination turned the 30-kilometer exclusion area into a “dead zone.” But left to its own devices, new life is evolving in the radioactive wasteland.
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When reactor 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded 32 years ago no-one could have predicted the extent of the fallout. It remains the single biggest nuclear accident in history. A 30-kilometer exclusion zone around the power plant became somewhat of a barren, so-called dead zone. DW's Nicholas Connolly went to see how nature is adapting to this unique habitat left behind by mankind.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has led a somber ceremony in Tokyo to mark the seventh anniversary of the tsunami disaster. The tragedy killed some 18,500 people and triggered the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
Nuclear was once heralded as the key to powering an increasingly industrialized world. Meltdowns at Chernobyl and Fukushima have realized safety fears – and we still don’t have adequate solutions for radioactive waste. Yet in a warming world, is there still a place for CO2-free atomic energy? DW asks energy policy expert Raffaele Piria from the Berlin-based think-tank Adelphi.