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Nuclear Reactor at Chernobyl Plant Explodes (1986) Options
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Nuclear Reactor at Chernobyl Plant Explodes (1986)

The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is regarded as the worst nuclear accident in history. Radioactive debris from the disaster drifted across parts of the western Soviet Union and Europe. Large areas of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia were badly contaminated, resulting in the resettlement of hundreds of thousands of people and a disputed number of deaths. The incident set off an international outcry over the dangers posed by radioactive emissions. What caused the accident? More...
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Ironically, for over two weeks the Soviet government denied the very fact of the incident. And they never fully disclosed the data concerning the risks of the radiation exposure. I lived in the former Soviet Union then and we had to rely on the Western radio broadcasts to get at least some information which could make us understand how to protect ourselves from the radiation. Very characteristic of Russia. Many people were exposed to the radiation in the regions far from Chernobyl, because they knew nothing about fallout.
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It was a disaster
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I remember this day very well. Hope nothing like that will happen anymore.
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PRYPYAT HISTORY

Pripyat city, Ukraine (Prypiat)

It was the home city for people working at one of the largest in Europe nuclear power plants - Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The direct distance between Pripyat and Kiev is only 94 km. The distance by roads is about 127 km.
Pripyat was founded on February 4, 1970. The main reason for the city foundation was construction and further exploitation of Chernobyl nuclear power plant - one of the largest in Europe - which gave the reason to call Pripyat a city of nuclear power professionals.
It became the ninth nuclear power city in the Soviet Union.
The population was 47,500 (November 1985), it was the last census held before evacuation. Originally, Pripyat was planned to be the home for 75,000-78,000 people.
The city was a convenient transportation juncture in Polesye area due to railway station Yanov located rather close, a landing stage on the river Pripyat and highways.
The population was evacuated on April 27, 1986, because of the Chernobyl accident. A new town-sputnik Slavutich was built about 50 km from the nuclear power station for the staff working at it.
Pripyat is known all over the world for Chernobyl disaster happened at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The population of the city was about 49,400 before the disaster (April 26, 1986).
After the disaster, the city was abandoned. Nowadays, it is known as ghost city.
Present day city is one of the favorite places of tourists and scientists from all over the world

http://ukrainetrek.com/pripyat-city
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The disaster began during a systems test on Saturday, 26 April 1986 at reactor number four of the Chernobyl plant, which is near the city of Pripyat and in proximity to the administrative border with Belarus and the Dnieper river. There was a sudden and unexpected power surge, and when an emergency shutdown was attempted, an exponentially larger spike in power output occurred, which led to a reactor vessel rupture and a series of steam explosions. These events exposed the graphite moderator of the reactor to air, causing it to ignite.[3] The resulting fire sent a plume of highly radioactive fallout into the atmosphere and over an extensive geographical area, including Pripyat. The plume drifted over large parts of the western Soviet Union and Europe. From 1986 to 2000, 350,400 people were evacuated and resettled from the most severely contaminated areas of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine.[4][5] According to official post-Soviet data,[6][7] about 60% of the fallout landed in Belarus.
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