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The Long Shadow of Chernobyl

On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant experienced an explosion, subsequent fire and near nuclear meltdown that sent large amounts of nuclear radiation into the air. This caused the immediate evacuation of Pripyat, a town with a population of nearly 50,000, over a 36 hour period, not to mention casting a large trail of nuclear radiation over many parts of Europe.

The video above is for a Kickstarter project to promote the publication of a book called “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl”, a collection of photographs taken by Gerd Ludwig of the Chernobyl plant and Pripyat, taking over a 20 year period. My guess is that most people under the age of 30 have not seen many pictures of Chernobyl and Pripyat except perhaps in the game Call of Duty. Hopefully this book will enlighten those completely unaware of this massive tragedy.

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