Chernobyl Widows Mourn As Bell Tolls 25 Times

A bell in Ukraine's capital has tolled 25 times for the number of years that have passed since the Chernobyl disaster, as the world began marking the anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in history.

Several hundred Ukrainians, mostly widows of plant workers and those sent in to clean up after the explosion, attended a service near a monument to the victims.

Teary-eyed, they held candles and crossed themselves to the sound of Orthodox chants.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, who led the service early Tuesday, said "the world had not known a Catastrophe in peaceful times that could be compared to what happened in Chernobyl."

The blast on April 26, 1986, spewed a cloud of radioactive fallout over much of Europe and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes.


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  • by Fact Bringer Location: Greenville on Apr 26, 2011 at 09:32 AM
    No- it's news coverage of an international story of interest to folks after an earthquake in Japan ruptured several reactors including containment domes. However, there was no runaway reaction in Japan, so Chernobyl is absolutely different as you point out. But 25 is a milemarker. It's simply international news.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 26, 2011 at 05:18 AM
    Is this the presentation from the AP anti nuclear campaign? Yeah, we get it, thats why we don't have reactors without containment domes...you do know about that right? Three mile island is our worse case scenerio....no one was injured period. This is no more than another slanted report....
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