The 1986 nuclear disaster is something which captivates many minds but is rarely talked about, far less shown on television. HBO once again brought brilliance to the screen in the form of a five part series, Chernobyl. The show captures the horrific night of the nuclear reactor explosion in a Ukrainian power plant. The events […]


This Week in History: 26th April 1986 Chernobyl disaster

On Saturday 26th April 1986, Ukraine experienced the biggest disaster in its history. In unit 4 of the nuclear power station at Chernobyl, staff were testing whether the turbines that powered the conductors could produce enough energy to keep the cooling pumps running before the emergency generator kicked in, in the event of a power […]


Chernobyl’s effects are sadly not confined to history

When nature & humans intersect. Image: Peter GEO Kent.  There are many photos of Pripyat. The colours faded from Communist red to copper rust long ago, but the tower blocks’ rooftops are still crowned by proud Soviet signs. Plants have creeped out of the concrete, and a ferris wheel can just be made out above […]