Monday, October 11, 2010
CNN30: Chernobyl disaster

For the past couple of months, iReporters have been sharing their memories and images from 30 historic news events of the last 30 years, in a project called CNN30: Were You There? The CNN audience has shed new light on iconic stories including the  wedding of Charles and Diana, the Challenger explosion, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union.


The best of these submissions will be featured in a half-hour special program on CNN International this fall. CNN Radio has also been interviewing some of the iReporters about their memories.


Jason Windebank sent us one of the first iReports about the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster. In 2007, Windebank was living in Ukraine and arrange for a guide to show him the abandoned city of Pripyat, where most of the factory workers lived until the explosion.


Windebank recently talked to CNN Radio's Amanda Moyer about his life-changing trip and the shocking images he captured.


"You see books that are open, sitting on desks. You see homework of children that’s been graded and has beeen left sitting on the teacher’s desk. You see medicines that were in hospital rooms, sitting on tables where they were being used to treat people on the day this disaster happened," he said. "You're looking at what their lives were like on the day this occurred, and it's impossible not to put yourself in their shoes and imagine just what it would have been like."


If you remember Chernobyl or another of these major news events, we want to hear your story. Scour your photo albums or put yourself on video and share your memories.

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