All About Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

This nuclear accident took place in April 25–26, 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in the Soviet Union.

It is the worst disaster in the history of nuclear power generation.

The Chernobyl power station was situated 16 km northwest Chernobyl and 104 km north of Kyiv, Ukraine.

The station consisted of four reactors, each capable of producing 1,000 megawatts of electric power; it had come online in 1977–83.

Around 185 million curies of radionuclides escaped into the atmosphere—several times more radioactivity than that created by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan

This radioactivity was spread by the wind over Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine and soon reached as far west as France and Italy.

Millions of acres of forest and farmland were contaminated

Many livestock were born deformed, and among humans several thousand radiation-induced illnesses and cancer were expected.