In 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. What caused the explosion and why has Chernobyl become a lasting reminder of the dangers of nuclear power?
- The world's first nuclear power plant accident occurred in Chernobyl, Ukraine.
- Ignored safety protocols and insufficiently trained staff were partly responsible for the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
- The explosion at Chernobyl released a radioactive cloud into the atmosphere.
- Many people who were exposed to the high levels of radioactivity in Chernobyl developed cancer.
Chernobyl nuclear power station – the site of the world's first major nuclear power plant accident.
April 25th 1986
On the 25 April 1986, a test of one of the reactors began, running the reactor at a lower power and requiring the emergency cooling system to be shut down.
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