Wednesday, March 09, 2022

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the cities of Pripyat and Slavutych

Reports about the loss of power today at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant site in the Ukraine mentioned that the lack of electricity is not yet a problem but could lead to problems cooling the spent fuel that is stored at the site. While reading around on Wikipedia to try to understand more about that spent fuel, I discovered that the city closest to the site, Pripyat, was abandoned after the 1986 accident, with all its residents being moved to a completely new city 45 kilometers away, Slavutych. But Pripyat itself didn't have a long history either: it had only been founded in 1970 to serve the newly opened power plant. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 9 March 2022)

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