Valery Khodemchuk: the first victim of Chernobyl disaster and for whom Reactor #4 became the tombstone


“On the night of 26 April 1986, Khodemchuk was in one of the main circulation pump engine rooms in the reactor 4 building. He was sent to the engine room to report the results of the safety test to the operators. At approximately 1:23 am (Moscow Time), there were a series of powerful explosions in reactor four. The explosions ripped through the reactor and the surrounding building, including the main circulation pump halls. Valery Khodemchuk was the first person to die in the Chernobyl disaster as it’s thought he was killed instantly when the number 4 reactor exploded.

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His body was never found and it’s presumed that he is entombed under the remains of the Main Circulation Pumps” Wikipedia


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