The site of Soviet Union’s worst nuclear disaster
In May 1986 I was not allowed to play outdoors for weeks. The weather Gods had brought the radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl reactor explosion in a North-Westerly direction over Belarus towards Sweden and Norway.
With this affront (being confined to the house) edged in my mind growing up, I always knew Chernobyl was bad. Yet, I never really investigated what all the commotion was about. As the exclusion zone and site of the blast is only a few hours away from Kiev, I figured now would be a good time to rid myself of this blindspot in my knowledge of history.