The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 was the most severe in the history of the nuclear power industry, causing a huge release of radionuclides over large areas of Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

1986-2016: 30th Anniversary of Chernobyl Accident

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 marks 30 years since the Chernobyl accident in the former USSR. The IAEA has stories, photographs and videos that depict the environmental, social and technical aspects of the affected regions.

Read the statement by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano on the occasion of the anniversary.