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World marks Chernobyl under shadow of Japan

The world on Tuesday marks a quarter century since the world’s worst nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in Ukraine, haunted by fears over the safety of atomic energy after the Japan earthquake.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is to make a landmark visit to Chernobyl later on Tuesday to take part in the memorial ceremonies at the site, joined by his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych.

In the early hours of April 26, 1986, workers at the Chernobyl atomic power station in the then Soviet republic were carrying out a test on reactor four when operating errors and design flaws sparked successive explosions.

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