Thursday, 23rd June 2005 by
The site of the Chernobyl nuclear power station is in Ukraine, at the far east of Europe. There isn’t super-high res imagery of the area but you can get the general idea of the layout. For an annotated image there is a handy one over on wikipedia. Of course, it is next to large water supply as this was used to generate the steam to drive the power generating turbines. Over 300,000 people had to be resettled because of the Chernobyl accident, around 600,000 participated in the cleanup, millions lived and continue to live in the contaminated area. An increased incidence of thyroid cancer among children in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia affected by the Chernobyl accident has been firmly established as a result of screening programs.