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Chernobyl remembered

Episode 160426 / 26 Apr 2016

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report from 26 April 2016. Before you listen, read these three summaries:

a) The Chernobyl disaster 30 years ago was caused by radioactive material blowing from Belarus and northern Europe.

b) The Chernobyl disaster 30 years ago was caused by overheating of nuclear fuel in the nuclear power station.

c) The Chernobyl disaster 30 years ago was caused by an explosion in the nuclear power station's roof.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are five definitions of key vocabulary items which may help you.

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

Step 3: Transcript and answer

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.

Answer

b) The Chernobyl disaster 30 years ago was caused by overheating of nuclear fuel in the nuclear power station.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

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