Chernobyl 25th anniversary commemoration
April 26, 2011 20:00Tagged as:
Market Square Nottingham
On Tuesday 26th April Nottingham Chernobyl Childrens Lifeline will be holding a candle-lit vigil outside the Council House in Market Square at 8.00pm to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion. They will be forming a large nuclear symbol with the candles.
25 years ago at 01.23am on the 26th April the Chernobyl nuclear power in Pripyat exploded, lifting the top off the reactor and the resulting fire sending a plume of radioactivity into the air that was later detected across Europe as far as Wales and Cumbria. But nearly 70% of the radioactivity fell on Belarus and the Ukraine. In the months following the explosion over 130,000 people were evacuated from a 30Km zone round the plant but 3 years later that zone was extended to 300Km zone and more evacuations took place. Large areas of Belarus and the Ukraine are still contaminated and children are still being born with disabilities. The full extent on human health is still unknown but it is thought that up to 100,000 people have died as a result, mainly from thyroid cancer and leukemia.
Chernobyl Childrens Lifeline is a UK based charity that was founded in 1991 to give respite care to children from the area and to send vitamins and medicine to the area. It is estimated that a month in the UK eating fresh food and breathing clean air can add 2 years to these childrens lives.
Nottingham is twinned with Minsk, the capital of Belarus so Nottingham CCLL are inviting the residents of Nottingham to join them and to show solidarity with the people of the Ukraine and Belarus who are still affected by the disaster.
As well as the commemoration on the night of the 26th there will be an exhibition of art by Zachary Pierce at the Malt Cross, St James Street from 25th April to 2nd May.