Twenty five years ago on 26 April 1986 an explosion occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine, once part of Russia. It released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere which spread across Russia and Europe. It was considered the worst nuclear power accident in history. There were 31 deaths directly attributed to the accident among reactor staff but the number of deaths resulting from the accident vary from 4,000 to 200,000. There is still a 30 killometre exclusion zone around the site.
To mark the anniversary members of Croydon Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament held a candlelit vigil at East Croydon Station on Monday 25th April.