• 30 km Zone of Alienation
(approx.18 miles in diameter)
• Government has guard posts/checkpoints around
the area. Guided tours are now allowed.
• Wind and water continue to spread the nuclear
• The soil in the area is contaminated with
radiation. 5 to 8 million people still live in
HOW MANY DIED?
• Acute Radiation Sickness (ARS) deaths in 1986: 28
• ARS patients who died later: 19 (some from other
• Others who died during explosion: 2
• Child thyroid cancer deaths (1992-2002): 15 (UN figure)
• Predicted extra cancer deaths: from 4,000 (UN) to
• Estimated deaths from non-cancer causes 1990-2004:
• Dozens killed in accidents building sarcophagus
(according to an engineer)
Future: Chernobyl Arch
• The arch will last for 100 to
300 years, while the fuel will
remain deadly for thousands.
• Some of the plutonium will
be decaying into americium,
which is even more hazardous
• They were intended to be temporary, but 20
years on, only half of them have even been
mapped and inventoried.
• slowly seeping