Ukraine Chernobyl Photographer’s Story

Ukraine Chernobyl Photographer’s Story

In this 1986 aerial view of the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine shows damage from an explosion and fire in reactor four on April 26, 1986 that sent large amounts of radioactive material into the atmosphere. only three Tass photographers were allowed in -- Volodymyr Repik, Igor Kostin and Valery Zufarov. Two later died of radiation-related illnesses and Kostin suffered from the effects for decades before dying in a car accident in 2015. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion was only about 60 miles from photographer Efrem Lukatsky's home, but he didn’t learn about it until the next morning from a neighbor. Only a few photographers were allowed to cover the destroyed reactor and desperate cleanup efforts, and all of them paid for it with their health. I went a few months later, and have returned dozens of times. (AP Photo/Volodymyr Repik)

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April 01, 1986 06:06:15 AM
April 21, 2016 12:38:34 PM
Volodymyr Repik
AP
ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE PHOTO TAKEN IN APRIL 26, 1986
2000 x 1336 0.71 MB
Chernobyl disaster, Nuclear power plant accidents, Events, Industrial accidents, Accidents, Accidents and disasters, General news, Nuclear power plant accidents, Radiation accidents
Chernobyl, Ukraine
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