Chernobyl, 1986/04/26, 01:23:40

Chernobyl, 1986/04/26, 01:23:40

Chernobyl disaster happened on April 26, 1986. It is still the most disastrous nuclear power plant accident in history. Today we’ll remind ourselves of that event.


We’ll remember this event and what followed after that by taking a look at stamps issued by the USSR, Belarus, Ukraine, and the Maldives.


Chernobyl, 1986/04/26, 01:23:00

It was 01:22:00 Moscow Time and I guess most of the town Pripyat, in northern Ukraine, was quiet and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant worked as expected. There was a test about to go wrong very soon. The idea was to test alternative way of cooling down the RBMK reactor after the emergency shutdown. The rector will continue to emit 7% of their thermal output after emergency shutdown and the source of energy was needed.


Chernobyl, USSR

Copyright© 1991 Post of the USSR. All Rights Reserved.

The 5th Anniversary of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station Disaster


Denomination: 15 kopeks (1 Soviet ruble = 100 kopeks)

one of the last USSR stamps


Backup diesel generators needed around 1 minute to start operating at full power so idea was to use the rotational energy of the turbine to generate electrical power required during that period.


Chernobyl, 1986/04/26, 01:23:04

The experiment began at 01:23:04 at reactor 4. At 01.23:40 the EPS-5 button was pressed and the emergency shutdown of the reactor, which triggered the explosion, started. We still don’t know why this button was pressed.


Chernobyl, Maldives

Copyright© Maldives Post. All Rights Reserved.

Mysteries of the Universe (part of the series)


Denomination: 25 Rufiyaa (MVR)



After the explosion

This was a disaster without precedent in the USSR and so everything that happened after that was truly epic. Many brave people gave their lives trying to stop the spread of contamination. Inhabitants of the Pripyat had some luck because the wind direction was in their favor. Therefore, there was enough time to perform the evacuation and close the area.


Chernobyl, Belarus

Copyright© 1996 Belpost. All Rights Reserved.

The 10th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Tragedy


Denomination: 1000 Belarusian ruble (BYB)


The evacuation took place also from other nearby towns and villages and we can often see these places, especially Pripyat, in many documentaries depicting what a nuclear fallout would look like. Biological and medical consequences of this event are the subject of research even today.


Does anybody live there today?

You have to admire to older people, especially in the Slavic countries. I guess you won’t find so stubborn elderly anywhere else in the World. That might be good or bad, but it definitely leads to some unexpected situations.


Chernobyl, Ukraine

Copyright© 1996 Ukrposhta. All Rights Reserved.

The 10th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Tragedy


Denomination: 20000 karbovanets (UAK)


The answer is yes. While the town of Chernobyl in 2017 officially had 690 inhabitants and Pripyat had 0, there is some evidence that some former inhabitants continued to visit their homes and even live in the forbidden areas.



The events that led to this tragedy were held as a secret in the USSR for some time. In 1991 USSR issued a stamp related to the 5th anniversary of this tragedy and was also of the last stamps the USSR has ever issued.


Chernobyl, Belarus

Copyright© 2001 Belpost. All Rights Reserved.

The 15th Anniversary of Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster


Denomination: 50 Belarusian rubles (BYR)


The town of Chernobyl is in the northern Ukraine and 16km from the border with Belarus. Both countries were significantly affected by this disaster and its consequences.


Chernobyl, Belarus

Copyright© 2006 Belpost. All Rights Reserved.

The 20th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Tragedy


Denomination: 360 Belarusian rubles (BYR)


Taking into consideration the scale of the whole disaster, it’s no wonder that Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia still work together on fixing the site.


Chernobyl, Belarus

Copyright© 2011 Belpost. All Rights Reserved.

The 25th Anniversary of Chernobyl’s Catastrophe


Denomination: H


Belarus and Ukraine continued to issue stamps related to this event so we had stamps for 10th, 15th 20th and 25th anniversary. During this period, both of these countries changed their currencies few times.


Chernobyl, Ukraine

Copyright© 2016 Ukrposhta. All Rights Reserved.

The 30th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster


Denomination: 2.40 Hryvnia (UAH)



Although the reason to issue these stamps is not a nice one, it’s always good to remember what lead to it in order to prevent such events in the future.


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  1. Alla ISHCHENKO · April 30, 2018 Reply

    Thank you for the attention to the tragedy not only of my country (Ukraine). The disaster is reflected on millions lives around the World. The Chornobyl says to all of us: the Earth is so brittle, our lives are so precious… Every day is precious. We’ll remember it.

  2. Jacko · May 17, 2018 Reply

    I think you should focus generally on problems with nuclear power stations…Not only on this example…there are similar disasters in more advanced countries: USA, Japan…
    Civilization must be focused on development others type of nuclear power, opposite of current technology , where there is not radiation risk, fuel for nuclear reactions are free (water or similar natural products). Only with that nuclear revolution we can be peaceful for future risk of contamination and health problems…

  3. Ярослав · September 13, 2018 Reply

    Какой хороший раздел !!!!!!!!!

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