The Chernobyl Disaster happened April 26, 1986 – exactly 30 years ago today and until 2011 when disaster struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it was the only level 7 nuclear event. Several Safecast volunteers have mapped out the Chernobyl site and surrounding cities which is still one of the most radioactive places on earth. Chernobyl is an unfortunate example of how information controlled only by the government and hidden from the affected people can lead to terrible results and was unquestionably part of the inspiration for us to start Safecast so quickly in the wake of Fukushima. It’s our hope that the measurements we provide from the Chernobyl area might be of use in projecting the long term contamination impacts of Fukushima, and help us to all to better address those this time around.
Keep an eye on our twitter feed for Chernobyl related news over the next few days.