File:Chernobyl burning-aerial view of core.jpg

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Chernobyl aerial view into the core, smoke from the graphite fire and core melt down. The photo was taken from a helicopter on May 3, 1986, of the destroyed Unit 4. The image was taken from the North of the subject. 51.389668,30.099707


Non-free media information and use rationale for Chernobyl disaster

This image is of the Chernobyl nuclear plant which exploded Chernobyl disaster, it is a historically significant photograph.


Soviet Authorities, it has been downloaded from, access 23 June 2008, original filename is Helicopt03_05_86_1.jpg (55 Kb), access 23 June 2008


Chernobyl disaster

Portion used

Because the image is historically significant, the entire image is needed to identify the subject, properly convey the meaning and branding intended, and avoid tarnishing or misrepresenting the image.

Low resolution?

The copy is of sufficient resolution for commentary and identification but lower resolution than the original. Copies made from it will be of inferior quality, unsuitable as artwork on pirate versions or other uses that would compete with the commercial purpose (if any) of the original photograph.

Purpose of use

Identification and critical commentary in the Chernobyl disaster article, a subject of public interest. It makes a significant contribution to the user's understanding of the article, which could not practically be conveyed by words alone. In particular the magnitude of the task to have the helicopters dump material into the core The image is placed next to the associated material discussing the work, to show the primary visual image associated with the immediate recovery, and to help the user quickly understand the magnitude of the event.


Because the image depicts a non-reproducible historic event, there is almost certainly no free equivalent. Any substitute that is not a derivative work would fail to convey the meaning intended, would tarnish or misrepresent its image, or would fail its purpose of identification or commentary.

Other information

Use of the historic image in the article complies with Wikipedia non-free content policy and fair use under United States copyright law as described above. The image meets general Wikipedia content requirements and is encyclopaedic.

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current01:55, 15 July 2017Thumbnail for version as of 01:55, 15 July 2017272 × 367 (25 KB)DatBot (talk | contribs)Reduce size of non-free image (BOT - disable)
12:20, 23 June 2008No thumbnail400 × 540 (55 KB)Power.corrupts (talk | contribs)==Summary== Chernobyl aerial view into the core, smoke from the graphite fire and core melt down. The photo is made from the helicopter on May 3, 1986, of the destroyed Unit 4 ==Licensing== {{Non-free historic image}} {{Non-free use rationale | Descrip
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