A piece of artwork on an abandoned structure, taken in Pripyat, Ukraine, April 2017. Getty Images On April 26, 1986, a nuclear reactor exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear plant near the city of Pripyat (now Ukraine), poisoning the air and soil in several districts of Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus. We answer the most popular questions about the accident. 1. What caused the explosion? The reactor exploded in the dead of night, April 26. The most Soviet people didn’t know anything about the accident until early May. Sergey Yakunin/pripyat-city.ru The exact reasons of the worst nuclear meltdown in the history of mankind are still debated. It’s clear that when the nuclear plant’s workers were shutting down the fourth reactor (according to the plant’s schedule), the heat inside the reactor rose dramatically, which caused two explosions. But why did the temperature suddenly rise? According to the first version presented in 1986 in an official report by the group INSAG (International Nuclear Safety Advisory Group), the plant operators and their “rule infringement” were to blame. Nevertheless, the 1992 INSAG-7 repor t, as its authors confirmed, “shifted the emphasis to the contributions of particular design features, including the design of the control rods and… Read full this story
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