1986 - Chernobyl Nuclear Explosion

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Title: 1986 - Chernobyl Nuclear Explosion

 

About: A reactor explosion at the nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine, causes the release of dangerous radiation and prompts a desperate scramble to contain the fallout. It took days for Soviet leadership to inform the international community that a nuclear disaster had occurred. The damaged plant released a radioactive cloud that was deposited nearby as dust and debris, but also carried by wind over the Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and other parts of Europe. Residents of Pripyat were evacuated a day after the disaster, and in an attempt to contain the fallout, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev dispatched hundreds of thousands of people, including firefighters, military reservists and miners, to the site to aid in clean-up. The corps worked steadily, often with inadequate protective gear, through 1989 to clear debris and contain the disaster.

Decade: 1980s

Year: 1986

Region: Europe

Country: Ukraine + USSR

Disaster: Man-made

Type: Historical Event

Impact: 7

Artist: Ianika Morana

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Date Created: 17/10/2021

Group: Genesis

Number: 31/100

Price: 0.7 ETH

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