April 23, 1991 |
Doors bang with the wind. Fences have fallen around the village's stout houses. The post office, the school, the community center are all padlocked. And yellowed weeds, some shoulder high, wave in the fields where Bartalomeyevka's farmers grew rye, potatoes and vegetables. Bartalomeyevka is a modern ghost town--it was killed by radiation.
February 4, 1991 |
Ukrainian authorities are offering Soviet and foreign tourists a new suggestion: a tour of the radioactive contamination zone around the Chernobyl reactor that blew up in April, 1986. All trips will begin and end with Geiger counter tests for visitors' exposure to radiation. If treatment at a radiological medical center is needed, it will be provided "at no extra charge," the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.
April 23, 1990 |
The Soviet government, allocating $26 billion in additional funds to help the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster four years ago, acknowledged on Sunday that thousands upon thousands of people are still living in areas dangerously contaminated by radioactive fallout, and even more are eating food grown in those areas.
November 9, 1989 |
A newspaper said the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl power plant, the worst commercial nuclear accident in history, took 250 lives instead of the 31 officially reported. A brief article in the weekly Moscow News said deaths not reported by authorities were caused by various illnesses related to the accident. But a spokesman for the agency overseeing the Chernobyl cleanup said that only the 31 deaths officially reported could be traced directly to the accident.
August 17, 1989 |
Residents of a northern Siberia peninsula across the Bering Strait from Alaska die by age 45 on the average because of decades of radiation contamination as severe as that resulting from the Chernobyl disaster, a weekly newspaper reported Wednesday. The newspaper, the liberal Moscow News, said that contamination of the Chukotka peninsula, where about 130,000 people live, was caused by previously secret Soviet testing of nuclear weapons in the 1950s and 1960s.
March 21, 1989
Radioactive contamination from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster is still causing problems, the Communist Party newspaper Pravda said. "There are people who are trying to prove Chernobyl is in the past as if it is time to forget about it," Pravda said. "Of course, enormous work has been done but we should not relax now, because many years will be needed to put the tragedy into the past and the main task is to draw conclusions from the accident."