Remembering Chernobyl, 20 Years Later
April 21, 2006 The memories of those who survived Chernobyl were collected in the book Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of the Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich. We hear some of their stories: those living with illness and fear, and those sent in to clean up the mess and monitor the damage.
April 21, 2006 The residents of Pripyat were evacuated after the catastropic accident at Chernobyl. Officially, they are banned from living in the exclusion zone around the plant. But some residents snuck back into the ghost town and have resisted pressure to leave ever since.
April 21, 2006 The ruined Chernobyl nuclear facility still contains some 200 tons of radioactive fuel. A "sarcophagus" — a steel and concrete shell built soon after the disaster to contain the radiation is increasingly unstable. Engineers plan to slide an enormous Quonset hut-shaped cover over a breached reactor.
April 21, 2006 At 1:23 in the morning of April 26, 1986, there was a disastrous chain reaction in the core of Chernobyl reactor number four. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Serge Schmemann, who was a New York Times reporter in Moscow when the accident occurred.