April 26, 1986 – Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Accident

On this day in history, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded, creating what has been described as the worst nuclear disaster the world has ever seen.

The four reactors at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant were located about 81 miles north of the city of Kiev, Ukraine.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the explosion put 400 times more radiation into the Earth’s atmosphere than did the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II. An uninhabitable exclusion zone with a radius of 19 miles still surrounds Chernobyl today.

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