A major explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant affected 3,235,984 Ukrainians and sent radioactive clouds all over Europe.
Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, exploded on April 26, 1986. Around 200 people died after a ruptured reactor vessel and fire caused the explosion, resulting in radioactive materials being released into the environment. Geiger counters registered about 80,000 microroentgens an hour, 16,000 times the safe limit.
August 21, 2013 12:39 PM PDT
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