“Academician Anatoly Alexandrov told me that the Chernobyl reactor be as absolutely safe: it could be even seat upon the Red Square, it would be no any different of a samovar on Red Square”. Mikhail Gorbachev.

Documentaries films, images, maps and other resources about the Chernobyl disaster.


  • La Zone
    Twenty-five years from April 26, 1986, the day of the Chernobyl disaster, Bruno Masi and Guillaume Herbaut have published La Zone, a web-documentary about the ghost town of Pripyat and life in the villages, officially abandoned, of the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
    Bruno Masi and Guillaume Herbaut, Le Monde, April 26, 2011.

  • Chernobyl: A Million Casualties
    An interview with Janette Sherman, M.D., toxicologist and contributing editor of the book of the book by Alexey Yablokov, Vassily Nesterenko and Alexey Nesterenko Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, published by the New York Academy of Sciences. This documentary was released shortly before the disaster Fukushima.
    Documentary-interview. Subtitles in French, Japanese, English.

  • The Battle of Chernobyl
    The story of Chernobyl nuclear disaster. 1hr 32min lenght documentary film in English.
    Thomas Johnson, Play Film – Discovery, 2006.

  • Chernobyl, chronicle of severe days
    The last film by the Russian filmmaker Vladimir Shevchenko shows images captured at Chernobyl in the early days of the disaster in April 1986. Shevchenko died few weeks after due to radiation that he exposed himself.
    Vladimir Shevchenko, April 1986.

  • Images

  • Chernobyl, April 26, 1986
    The photos of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant after the accident.
    Il Post, April 26, 2011.

  • Maps

  • 25 Jahre nach Tschernobyl (25 years after Chernobyl)
    April 26, 1986, Ukraine. The reactor n 4 of Chernobyl nuclear power plant explode. Radioactive materials have been distributed by the air currents over large parts of Europe. German article with animated maps.
    Institute for Meteorology of Austria (ZAMG), April 23, 2011.

  • Resources

  • Special issue on Chernobyl
    The Bulletin’s special issue on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy.
    The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, March/April 2011.

  • Chernobyl Nuclear Accident
    A list of resources from around the Web about the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident as selected by researchers and editors of The New York Times.
    The New York Times, March 2011.

  • Chernobyl Disaster
    The BBC News website visits Chernobyl, 20 years on from the tragic nuclear accident. BBC, April 26, 2011.

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    Banner image: Road sign with the name of Chernoyl, Waclaw Gudowski, 1999.


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