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On 26 April 1986, one of the four reactors at Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded, in what was to be the world's worst ever nuclear accident. As the 30th anniversary of this event is marked, Rob and Finn explore the language you need to understand the story.

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News Review

Chernobyl remembered

The Chernobyl disaster affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across Europe, with dangerous radiation causing death, illness and contamination.

Rob and Finn look at how the accident's 30th anniversary is being covered, and pick out language to help you understand it.

Language challenge

Complete this sentence: “I watched a great movie ____ TV last night!”

a) in

b) at

c) on

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The story

Ukraine has been holding ceremonies to mark the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl, the world's worst nuclear accident. A meltdown in the plant's reactor in April 1986 blew off the roof and sent a cloud of radioactive material across Ukraine's borders into neighbouring Belarus and across a swathe of northern Europe. Relatives of those who died held candlelight vigils at several churches.

Tom Burridge BBC News

Candles were lit and prayers were said in the early hours of this morning at the moment, 30 years ago, that there was an explosion inside reactor four at the Chernobyl nuclear plant.

Roughly 3% of the reactor's radioactive content escaped.

Later, Ukraine's president will attend another ceremony in Chernobyl to mark the disaster, which contributed to the downfall of the Soviet Union and had a huge impact on public opinion and government policy towards nuclear energy.

Key words and phrases

contamination
the process of making something less pure or poisonous

meltdown
a situation when fuel in a nuclear power station becomes very hot and melts through its container

reactor
(short for nuclear reactor) a machine which produces nuclear energy

radioactive
containing harmful energy produced during nuclear reactions

swathe
large area of land

vigils
acts of staying awake at night in order to pray, protest or give support to something

fallout
dangerous, radioactive dust in the air after a nuclear explosion

meltdown
a situation when fuel in a nuclear power station becomes very hot and melts through its container

on
(here) later, after

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

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Language challenge - answer

The answer is: c) on.

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Сеанс работы над лексикой

  • meltdown
    a situation when fuel in a nuclear power station becomes very hot and melts through its container

    reactor
    (short for nuclear reactor) a machine which produces nuclear energy

    radioactive
    containing harmful energy produced during nuclear reactions

    swathe
    large area of land

    vigils
    acts of staying awake at night in order to pray, protest or give support to something

    fallout
    dangerous, radioactive dust in the air after a nuclear explosion

    meltdown
    a situation when fuel in a nuclear power station becomes very hot and melts through its container

    on
    (here) later, after