Chernobyl Disaster

On 26th April 1986, the Chernobyl disaster took the Soviet Union, as well as the rest of the world, by storm. It is, by far, considered the deadliest nuclear power plant accident in history. The battle to avert the catastrophe and contain the contamination involved well above 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles (the Ukrainian currency at that time). Thirty one deaths are attributed to the accident, among the emergency workers and the reactor staff. Interestingly, four hundred times more radioactive material was released that had been by the fatal bombing of Hiroshima. Following the accident, questions arose about the future of the plant and its eventual fate. All work on the unfinished reactors 5 and 6 was halted three years later.

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