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This series will “pull back the curtain” on the Soviet Union nuclear disaster of April 26, 1986, with a special panel of experts to allow students to learn about the effects Chernobyl had on the nature, nuclear science, US-Soviet relations, and the people who worked there and called it home. Rare photos and video captured by SCETV in partnership with USC will take students to the area devastated by an accident of catastrophic proportions, but, over time nature has returned. Featured are footage and photos from when NatureScene visited the site of the reactor in 2003.
The special program, produced by the agency’s Education team, takes a look back at the history of the event, explains the disaster’s connections with SCETV and the University of South Carolina (UofSC) and focuses on the continued study of animals, birds and insects as the lasting impact of the Chernobyl event is explored.
Thirty-five years ago, on April 26, 1986, the largest nuclear disaster in history took place behind the Soviet Iron Curtain. The event impacted nature, nuclear science, the Soviet Union’s political and economic outlook, U.S.-Soviet relations and, of course, local residents. The ramifications of the Chernobyl event were not confined just to the local area - they were felt worldwide.