“The state archive of the Security Service of Ukraine publishes secret KGB documents: the first report to top officials on explosion from Director of Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant Viktor Bryukhanov, talks of plant’s operation during the emergency, evacuation of almost 45,000 citizens of Prypiat and adjacent areas,” the message said.
The SBU noted other minor facts concealed by the Soviet regime. It is noted that the emergencies also occurred at Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant before April 26, 1986.
“For example, in 1982, at the first unit, the significant emission of radioactive materials occurred. However, the KGB report ends with usual ‘measures assumed to prevent panic and provocative gossips’. In 1984, the emergencies occurred at third and fourth units,” the SBU wrote.
In 1983, Moscow leadership received information that Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant is one of the most dangerous nuclear plants in the Soviet Union due to the absence of safety facilities. In case of emergency, the radioactivity was estimated “60 times higher than during explosions of bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki”.
In July 1986, all details of the tragedy – reasons, nature of damages, the ratio of mixture emitted in air during the explosion, radiation situation, and scales of works on liquidation, incidence and others were classified.
As we reported, the emergency at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant is still called to be the largest man-caused catastrophe in the history of peaceful atom. You can read more about it here.