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Nuked: Could Chernobyl happen here?


By Kathryn Casa | Vermont Guardian
photo by Artur Korneev, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy

posted April 28, 2006

On April 26, 1986, just after 1:23 a.m., the Chernobyl-4 nuclear reactor exploded into the Ukrainian night, spewing hundreds of times more radiation than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The trauma of that event — disease throughout the region and nuclear pollution that spanned a continent — soured much of the world on new nuclear power for the better part of two decades. But as the specter of global warming intensifies, so does talk of nuclear expansion.

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