ABC News: The Day It Happened

Season 1 Episode 20

Chernobyl Disaster

Aired Unknown Apr 26, 1986 on ABC
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Chernobyl Disaster
The Chernobyl disaster is the worst nuclear power plant accident ever in history. On April 26th, 1986, during a systems test unexpected power surges forced personnel to begin shutting down the malfunctioning reactor. In doing so, additional power surges began to occur, resulting in catastrophic explosions, fire, and a huge release of radioactive waves into the surrounding areas. The radioactive plume drifted over much of western Soviet Union and parts of Europe. This disaster continues to effect those living in parts of Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia.moreless

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