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Stories with subject: Chernobyl disaster
  • Russia's nuclear nightmare flows down radioactive river story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 9:38 am

    MUSLYUMOVO, Russia - At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. But Dambaev is riddled with diseases that his doctors link to a lifetime's exposure to excessive radiation, and the Geiger counter beeps loudly as a reporter strolls down to the muddy riverbank.

  • Memories painful on Chernobyl's 30th anniversary story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-26-16 2:08 pm

    KIEV, Ukraine - As Ukraine and Belarus on Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident with solemn words and an angry protest, some of the men who were sent to the site in the first chaotic and frightening days were gripped by painful memories.

  • A look at the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in numbers 
    Updated: Apr-25-16 10:10 am

    CHERNOBYL, Ukraine - Telling the story of Chernobyl in numbers 30 years later involves dauntingly large figures and others that are even more vexing because they're still unknown. A look at numbers that hint at the scope of the world's worst nuclear accident, the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986:

  • AP Exclusive: Test finds Chernobyl residue in Belarus milk story has photos
    Updated: Apr-25-16 5:14 am

    GUBAREVICHI, Belarus - On the edge of Belarus' Chernobyl exclusion zone, down the road from the signs warning "Stop! Radiation," a dairy farmer offers his visitors a glass of freshly drawn milk. Associated Press reporters politely decline the drink but pass on a bottled sample to a laboratory, which confirms it contains levels of a radioactive isotope at levels 10 times higher than the nation's food safety limits.

  • Decades after Chernobyl, another chance for a Paralympian story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-25-16 2:05 am

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - There was no stuffed animal to hug. Constant hunger pains. Hope a mom would show up and rescue her.

  • AP Exclusive: Ukraine children eat food tainted by Chernobyl story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-22-16 10:47 am

    ZALYSHANY, Ukraine - Viktoria Vetrova knows the risk her four children take in drinking milk from the family's two cows and eating dried mushrooms and berries from the forest.

  • Looking back: 30 years of photographing Chernobyl 
    Updated: Apr-21-16 10:18 am

    KIEV, Ukraine - Efrem Lukatsky, a Kiev-based photographer for The Associated Press, recalls the confusion and anxiety of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion, the world's worst nuclear accident.

  • 30 years after blast, labor to clean Chernobyl's traces story has photos
    Updated: Apr-20-16 11:58 am

    CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR POWER STATION, Ukraine - Thirty years after the world's worst nuclear accident, the Chernobyl power plant is surrounded by both desolation and clangorous activity, the sense of a ruined past and a difficult future.