s**t for Chernobyl


April 26, 1986

A catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine

An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western USSR and Europe.

The Chernobyl disaster is the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in terms of cost and resulting deaths

Classified as a level 7 event (the maximum classification) on the International Nuclear Event Scale

31 people died during the accident itself

Long-term effects such as cancers and deformities are still being accounted for

The disaster began during a systems test on Saturday, 26 April 1986 at reactor number four of the Chernobyl plant

There was a sudden and unexpected power surge

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

The resulting fire sent a plume of highly radioactive fallout into the atmosphere and over an extensive geographical area

The plume drifted over large parts of the western Soviet Union and Europe.

60% of the fallout landed in Belarus

350,400 people were evacuated and resettled from the most severely contaminated areas

The eventual death toll could reach 4,000 among those exposed to the highest levels of radiation

One of the worst disasters in history