"And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter."

The Holy Bible
Rev 8:10-11
14,5х18,7 сm
136 pages, 64 photographs. B/w offset
Hardcover, silk-screen print on cloth, open binding
Edition of 250 copies, numbered by author
+ 50 copies special edition with signed print 13x18 cm
ISBN 978-5-9906592-2-3
Printing in Moscow, 2016
Book design by Anton Lepashov

The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the town of Pripyat, in Ukraine (then officially the Ukrainian SSR), which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western USSR and Europe.

The Chernobyl disaster was the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in terms of cost and casualties. It is one of only two classified as a level 7 event (the maximum classification) on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011. The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles. During the accident itself, 31 people died, and long-term effects such as cancers are still being investigated.
26 April 1986 — Saturday

00:00 — Aleksandr Akimov, the unit shift chief in charge of the test takes over from Tregub, who stays on-site.
00:28 — Control rods transferred from local to global control: Power plummets in the reactor; further rods withdrawn.
01:03 — Fourth cooling pump connected to right loop.
01:19 — Shutdown signals blocked from steam-drum separators.
01:19 — Control rods raised.
01:21 — Caps to fuel channels on charge face seen jumping in their sockets.
01:21:50 — Pressure falls in steam drums.
01:23:40 — Emergency reinsertion of all control rods.

01:23:44 — Explosion
The reactor reaches 120 times its full power. All the radioactive fuel disintegrates, and pressure from all of the excess steam which was supposed to go to the turbines broke every one of the pressure tubes leading to an explosion.

01:23:45 — The 1000 ton lid above the fuel elements is lifted: the first explosion. The release of radiation starts. Air gets into the reactor. There is enough oxygen to start a graphite fire. The metal of the fuel tubes reacts to the water. This is a chemical reaction which produces hydrogen, and this hydrogen explodes: the second explosion. Burning debris flies into the air and lands on the roof of Chernobyl Unit 3. (There was barely any attention paid to this hydrogen explosion in the Soviet report about the accident. In studies commissioned by the US government, however, it was concluded that the second explosion was of great significance, and that the original explanation of the accident was incorrect. Richard Wilson of the Harvard University in the US said this second explosion was a small nuclear explosion.)
"A barbed wire is just 50 meters from my house. There is an Exclusion Zone. There you can see a road. Patrol guards the Zone 24 hours, but we still go there to the forest to pick up mushrooms or berries. We live here and can go anywhere we want. We have nothing to fear."

Gubin village.
1 km from the Zone

"We aren't afraid of radiation. We used to have doses of it.
Our bodies absorbed everything they could."

Medvin village.
300 meters from the Zone

"Radiation? Of course not! There is no radiation at all here.
When the 4th reactor exploded all radioactive dust blew over the sky and did not fall down immediately. It spread over some kilometers. Only after that it fell down to the ground. That is why there is a clean territory here.
It is so simple. It is just physics."

Straholesse village.
3km from the Zone

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