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By The Numbers: Scope of Chernobyl Disaster

Thirty years ago, the world's worst nuclear accident unfolded after an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on April 26, 1986. A look at the scope of the disaster: What happened: During a shutdown test a steam explosion blew the roof off reactor 4. Blocks of super-heated graphite rained down on the site and huge amounts of radioactive particles were released into the air. Human error and poor reactor design have been blamed. Where: The nuclear plant is located...

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