Travels in Chernobyl

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This event will explore what happened at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 and what has happened at the site since.

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This event will explore the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which took place on April 26th, 1986. Reactor number four experienced a power surge which caused an explosion that sent a cloud of radioactive materials across parts of Europe. It was the world’s worst nuclear accident. The radiation exposure to the Irish population, as a result of the Chernobyl accident, has been estimated based on the large number of foodstuffs and environmental samples measured at the time. It was calculated that Chernobyl resulted in an approximate 3 per cent increase in radiation exposure to the average Irish person in the 12 months following the accident.

Rare and endangered animals have thrived in the Chernobyl disaster zone since it was evacuated in 1986. 50,000 people visited the nuclear reactor and ghost town of Pripyat last year, and it has even hosted a rave.

Science teacher, writer and birdwatcher Rory Duffy will explore the science of Chernobyl and his recent visit to the site. The discussion will be moderated by toxicologist Dr Craig Slattery of UCD and he will be joined by Prof Gillian O’Brien of John Moores University Liverpool who has a special interest in dark tourism and the human fascination with disaster sites.

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