Scientists have proposed a new theory that could rewrite the timeline of the Chernobyl disaster. After eyewitnesses reported seeing two major explosions on April 26, 1986, it’s widely been believed that the first of these was a blast of steam, caused by energy from the hot cooling water and a nuclear surge across the reactor core. The new analysis, however, suggests a nuclear explosion came first. This explosive event within the reactor would have launched a jet of debris as high as 3,000 meters, followed by the steam explosion that would have caused the reactor to rupture.
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