Chernobyl, 25 years later

Following the recent earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the Chernobyl accident and its aftermath have a particular importance this year.

Tuesday, April 26 is the 25th anniversary of the explosion at Chernobyl, the world's worst nuclear accident. It set in motion events that today still significantly affect Ukraine. A special video from Gary Lee, who reported on Chernobyl for the Post, looks back at that time:

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Following the recent earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, the Chernobyl accident and its aftermath have a particular importance this year. As the Washington Post's Will Englund reported, "The significance of Chernobyl for Japan lies in the question of what happens next. Even if the scope of contamination is smaller, Fukushima will demand of the Japanese a commitment of unforeseeable dimensions." The Washington Post covered both disasters extensively. Below are Washington Post front pages with coverage on the disasters.

The Washington Post covered both disasters extensively. Below are Washington Post front pages reporting on the disasters.

More on Chernobyl and Japan:

-Chernobyl, a milestone on the road to Ukranian independence

-At Chernobyl, a warning for Japan

-Long-term radiation woes for Japan

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