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On This Day… The Chernobyl Disaster!

Written by: George Chittenden : 22 Sep 2019

It was on this day, 26th April, back in 1986 when the worst nuclear accident in history occurred, the Chernobyl disaster. The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is located roughly sixty-five miles north of Kiev, and when it exploded it sent radioactivity into the atmosphere, and a radiation fallout that spread throughout Europe. Contrary to popular belief the Chernobyl disaster wasn’t a nuclear explosion. It was caused by water that was converted into steam at such high speed the resulting explosion caused an open-air graphite fire which burnt for over a week and launched radioactive material across parts of the USSR and Europe.

The damage caused by the blast at the nuclear power plant

The damage caused by the blast at the nuclear power plant

It occurred during a late-night safety test which simulated a station blackout power-failure. Shockingly, safety systems were intentionally turned off as part of the test. The explosion directly killed thirty-one people, and over a dozen have died from radiation exposure since. The exact loss of life is difficult to calculate as in reality the disaster has resulted in a huge number of deaths from cancer, and it’s difficult to prove that Chernobyl was the cause.

Chernobyl abandoned due to the fallout caused by the disaster

Chernobyl abandoned due to the fallout caused by the disaster

Are you already curious to discover what happened tomorrow? Have a great day.

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