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The Chernobyl disaster, also referred to as the Chernobyl accident, was a catastrophic nuclear accident.
On April 26, 1986, the world’s worst nuclear accident happened at the Chernobyl plant near Pripyat, Ukraine, in the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire in the No. 4 reactor sent radioactivity into the atmosphere. The Chernobyl accident happened during a test to see how the plant would operate if it lost power. Plant operators made several mistakes, creating a poisonous and unstable environment in the reactor core. Nevertheless, they proceeded with the experiment, shutting down safety systems that would be lost during a power outage, including the turbine system that provided cooling water. With the flow reduced, the cooling water in the reactor began to boil and turn to steam. Operators tried to reinsert rods to slow and control the nuclear reaction, but a design flaw in the control rods caused them to jam. The steam likely caused an explosion in the reactor, which, in turn, caused a second explosion seconds later.
The radioactive release has been estimated at 400 times the size of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The disaster could have been worse if not for the actions of Pripyat firefighters who were able to put out the fires before they caused explosions in the other three reactors.
After the accident happened, all the residents were forced to leave their homes. They were told that they will be able to return after two weeks, but that didn’t happen. All residents were banned from this area, and people are forbidden to enter the ground even today, 30 years later.
When people let the area, the wildlife took over. The whole town is covered in wild flora and wild animals roaming around freely.
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