The world’s most devastating nuclear disaster
On April 26, 1986, a sudden power surge at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant triggered a series of explosions, resulting in the biggest nuclear disaster in world history. The first of the explosions blew a 1,000-ton roof off one of the reactors as though it was the lid of a saucepan, and a second, bigger explosion disintegrated the reactor core.
The fire burned for 10 full days and released 190 tons of radioactive materials into the environment.Twenty-five years have passes since the world sat riveting in front of television screens, watching the horror unfold. Over time, Chernobyl has faded to become a distant memory for most of us—something that happened a long time ago and no longer has power or relevance.
But the truth is different.