The initial symptoms of radiation sickness - vomiting, nausea and diarrhea - are followed by a latency period.
It's only later that much more fatal symptoms appear, such as deterioration of bone marrow and horrible burns that eat flesh down to the bone.
When they arrived at the clinic, it was very hard, psychologically speaking.
他們前來門診時 就心理上來説真的很讓人難受 他
They came straight from the airport. Almost all of them were young.
They arrived during the latency period. They felt fine. They were all dressed alike, wearing the same pyjamas. They were making jokes.
他們抵達時都還是潛伏期 他們不會覺得不適 他們的衣着都一樣 都穿着同樣的睡衣 彼此開着玩笑
But we already knew that a lot of them were going to die. 27 of them died quite quickly.
They'd all received huge doses of radiation and were suffering from life-threatening burns.
For 15 years, only the first victims will be acknowledged by the authorities.
Thirty kilometres east of the plant, the forest has been scorched by the radioactive blast from the explosion.
But the disaster area already stretches well beyond.
Since the explosion, radioactive particles carried by the clouds have been falling with the rain.
A "leopard-spot" pattern of contamination that affected the Ukraine as well as Belorussia and Russia.
On the first of May, the wind shifts, and areas of Kiev are also contaminated, as seen from this map drawn up from the readings taken by Colonel Grebeniouk's men.
5月1日風向轉變 基輔地區也遭到污染 可透過這張克倫班亞克上校的手下
The seriously contaminated areas appear in red, surrounded by areas where the radiation level was normal. But the population is still kept in the dark.
測量讀數後所繪製的地圖看出來 嚴重污染的地區以紅色呈現 周圍則是輻射值正常的地區 但是所有居民仍被矇蔽真相
There is only one report, a tiny article on the bottom of page three of the Pravda, playing down the accident and claiming the danger has passed.
相關報導只出現一則 刊載於真理報三版底部的小標題 對該起事故輕描淡寫 表示危險已經過去
The roof was caving in, and there we were acting as if nothing was happening.
By going ahead with the May Day festivities, it was like the country refused to acknowledge the situation.
That was the second phase in the huge Chernobyl disaster.