This photo shows doctors at a
hospital in Kiev operating on a
patient with Thyroid cancer
This photo shows a nursery
in an abandoned town in the
Ukraine. No one has been
to the town since 1986.
This photo shows Six-year-old
This photo shows a photos Vedernikova Marija, the only
deserted house. child known living in her area.
This photo shows the
remains of the Chernobyl
nuclear power plant.
This photo shows a Ukrainian
girl diagnosed with cancer,
holding an earlier picture of
her and her sister
The photos show a place On the 26th April 1986 a plant reactor
called Chernobyl exploded during a failed cooling
system test, igniting a massive fire that
burned for ten days. At 1:23am the
reactor became out of control creating
explosions and a fireball which blew
off the reactor's heavy steel and
The accident released radioactivity equivalent to
400 times that of the Hiroshima bomb.
More than 350,000 people were displaced and
scientists estimate up to 90,000 square miles of
land in Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia (all part of
the Soviet Union at the time) were contaminated
with unhealthy levels of radioactive elements.
Radioactivity damages our DNA and
changes our body’s cells. This causes
cancer and mutations.
Serious exposure to radiation is likely to
cause death within 2 to 4 weeks.
176 people were working at the reactor that
night. Most were killed instantly, others
died agonising deaths soon afterwards.
Many of those who didn’t die from the
exposure have gone on to give birth to a
'I remember joking to the others, "There must
be an incredible amount of radiation here.
We'll be lucky if we're all alive in the morning."‘
- fireman Anatoli Zakharov (Shortly afterwards,
he was hospitalised in Kiev, where he
remained for two months)
How was the radioactivity
When the Chernobyl accident
occurred, the power plant was
covered in a massive concrete and
steel shell. That shell was meant
to last for 20 to 30 years.
Work is set to begin soon on a new
stadium-size shelter that will
confine the entire building and the
radioactive material within for at
least a hundred years. The project
is estimated to be completed by
Does the UK have any
Yes. Some are due to be shut
down, such as Oldbury and
How is nuclear power made?
Uranium is usually the fuel (Plutonium could also be used). A uranium atom can
be split. This releases huge amounts of energy.
1. Neutron strikes unstable nucleus of
2. Nucleus splits releasing large
amount of energy
3. Further neutrons are also released
4. New neutrons strike other nuclei,
initiating chain reaction
Renewable. Spent fuel rods need to be disposed of.
These are highly radioactive and would
Releases few GH gases and is instantly kill anyone directly exposed to
therefore a potential solution to global them. It takes tens of thousands of years
warming. before the fuel rods are safe! They have
to be encased in concrete vaults (such as
It’s reasonably cheap. Oil and gas Brigg in Cumbria) or glass (vitrification).
prices are soaring.
Radioactive pollution is released.
Decommissioning is incredibly expensive
It reduces our need to rely on other (again because of the radioactive material)
Some believe that the risks involved
outweigh potential benefits. If a reaction
was to go out of control, we would have
Has this assembly got anything to do with me?
Of course it has!!!
Firstly you have a nuclear power station down the road.
Secondly, your generation is going to have to decide the energy source of the
future – you need to be sure that you make the right choice!
Thirdly, we live in a democratic state and you’re the electorate of tomorrow.