The Waste Land
Written by Marta Galli
On the night of 26th April 1986, inhabitants of Pripyat, small town in the Ukraine rural area, found themselves looking out of their windows, wondering about the fire that was filling the sky with light and smoke rising out of Chernobyl. The day after, they retrieved to their regular daily routines, but not for long though. In the meantime, the Kremlin was informed of the extent of the disaster. Shortly afterwards, the evacuation alarm was given and the population of Pripyat was evacuated straight away. 50,000 unaware people, which had been there breathing their own fate for thirty-six hours, were literally torn from their homes, someone managed to bring personal belongings of different sorts: radioactive. Unit 4 reactor of the nuclear power station at Chernobyl cracked during a systems test, resulting in the worst nuclear power plant accident thus far experienced. A further explosion ripped apart the reactor’s heart, its building’s roof was wrecked, releasing large quantities of radioactive contamination in the form of a dense cloud into the atmosphere, then swallowed up by the sky and dropped in the form of rain over Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and much of Europe. The exodus went on for ten days and involved 30 square kilometres around the nuclear power plant. This area is now known as Exclusion Zone, alienation zone, then further divided into four concentric subcategories based on the level of contamination.
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