10 interesting facts about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. On April 26, 1986, the world’s worst nuclear disaster befell the Chernobyl, Ukraine Power Plant. Unlike the 2011 Fukushima, Japan nuclear crisis, the Chernobyl reactor explosion was caused by human error instead of a natural disaster. On that spring day more than 30 years ago, routine maintenance was scheduled at V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station’s fourth reactor and workers planned to use the downtime to test whether the reactor could still be cooled if the plant lost power. However, during their test, workers violated safety protocols and power surged. Though there were attempts to shut down the reactor entirely, another power surge caused a chain reaction of explosions inside the plant. Finally, the nuclear core itself was exposed, spewing a cloud of radioactive material into the atmosphere that billowed across northern and western Europe, reaching as far as the eastern United States.
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