COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The horrors of the world's worst nuclear accident greeted Natalia Manzurova when she arrived in the Ukraine after the 1986 explosion at Chernobyl.
Assigned by the Soviet government to study the accident's fallout, Manzurova visited an abandoned nursery school and found a bony dog sleeping on a child's cot. Its sagging, bleeding skin showed evidence of radiation burns. Through clouded eyes, the dog looked sadly at her.
"It loved children so much, that even when they had been evacuated, it stayed in a child's bed," Manzurova said during a visit to the University of South Carolina last week to remember the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident.
The sight of the sickened dog is one she can't forget, but one example of how a nuclear power accident can affect life, she said. And it's why the world should take care to avoid another Chernobyl, Manzurova said.