Chernobyl Radiation Remnant

Thirty-four years ago on April 26, reactor number four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded and released an immense amount of radiation into what is known today as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. The effects of radiation inspired many fictional pieces revolving around Chernobyl. and led to the creation of a standard trope of Chernobyl fiction: the violent, radiated monster. However, these creatures are far from the reality of what radiation does to life.

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Works Cited


  • Chernobylite, The Farm 51, 2019.
  • Escape from Chernobyl, Atypical Games, 2018.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Series, THQ, 2007-2009.
  • Voice of Pripyat, Slav Pankratov, 2014.


  • Parker, Brad. Chernobyl Diaries, Warner Bros. Pictures, 2012.


  • Kolominsky, Y., S. Igumnov, and V. Drozdovitch. “The Psychological Development of Children from Belarus Exposed in the Prenatal Period to Radiation from the Chernobyl Atomic Power Plant.” Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 40, no. 2 (February 1999): 299–305.
  • Mycio, Mary. Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl, Washington, D.C: Joseph Henry Press, 2005.


Ricky Lopez

RUSS043 Chernobyl: Nuclear Naratives and the Environment, Swarthmore College, Spring 2020