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A photo taken during the 2005 TE meeting in Geneva during the visit of Yann Arthus Bertrand's exhibition. This girl is in front of the photo of Pripriat, the abandoned city near the nuclear power station of Tchernobyl, Ukraine.

The Chernobyl disaster occurred at 01:23 a.m. (local time) on April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine. It is regarded as the worst accident in the history of nuclear power. Because there was no containment building, a plume of radioactive fallout drifted over parts of the western Soviet Union, Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia, the British Isles, and eastern North America. Large areas of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia were badly contaminated, resulting in the evacuation and resettlement of over 336,000 people. About 60% of the radioactive fallout landed in Belarus according to official post-Sovietic data. According to the 2006 TORCH report, half of the radioactive fallout landed outside those three Soviet republics. The disaster released over 400 times more radiation than the atomic bomb of Hiroshima. (Wikipedia)

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