ulr=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl]There are those who claim that the word chernobyl in Ukranian means wormwood
[/url]. This is convenient for those who link the disaster which occured twenty years ago to a passge in the Book of Revelations. Whether or not that has any validity, one thing is certain, and that is that an unprecedented disaster took place at Chernobyl in the Ukraine twenty years ago.
On April 26, 1986, the fourth reactor at the Lenin nuclear plant at Chernobyl, near Kiev, suffered a catostrophic steam explosion which lead to a meltdown of the nuclear pile. The consequences of this accident are still with us today. The Soviet government of Mikhail Gorbachyov tried to hush things up, especially as the customary show piece May Day celebrations were to take place in a few days. But the radiation released was detected in many places in eastern Europe within a few days, and the cover-up attempt did not work. Ukraine deals with the consequences of this accident every day, and many such unreliable reactors are still in use in the Ukraine, in Belarus and in Bulgaria.
Chernobyl article at Wikipedia