Legacy: inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone

Darwell, John ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8746-5315 (2006) Legacy: inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone. International Journal of Epidemiology, 35 (4). pp. 827-831. Full text not available from this repository.

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The images shown here explore inside the 30 km exclusion zone surrounding the Chernobyl Power Plant. Evacuated with 24 hours notice after the 1986 melt down of one of its three nuclear reactors, the zone now stands as a symbol of the dangers inherent within the nuclear process. Empty villages strewn with the reminders of their former populations are scattered throughout the zone and at its centre is the city of Pripyat, formerly a symbol of the Ukraine's bright new future and now too radioactive to even demolish, its buildings crumbling and littered with the detritus of a fleeing population. Yet amongst this devastation a few, mostly old, people have returned to their homes in the zone (they were initially removed to the outskirts of Kiev). Without any other, or safer, place to go, they make a living from this radioactive and most notorious of locations. A report by Greenpeace (2006) published to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the disaster estimates that the consequences could surpass a quarter of a million cancer cases and 100 000 deaths from cancer.2 This report challenges the UN International Atomic Energy Agency Chernobyl Forum report that predicted only 4000 deaths attributable to the accident. Ukraine finally shut down the Chernobyl power plant in 2000. Further examples of Legacy can be seen at www.johndarwell.com > Projects/Images

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: International Journal of Epidemiology
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1464-3685
Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Arts (IOA) > Graphics and Photography
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 11:38
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 19:16
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2078
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