Nuclear disaster at Chernobyl

Nuclear disaster at Chernobyl

The worst nuclear power plant accident to date occurs at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in the USSR. The explosion of the Soviet reactor spurred a radioactive scare in Scandinavia even before it was publicly confirmed by the Soviets. Radiation levels jumped to 40 percent higher than normal in Sweden and at Chernobyl 32 people died and dozens more suffered radiation burns in the opening days of the crisis. Only after Swedish authorities reported the fallout did Soviet authorities reluctantly admit that an accident had occurred. An estimated 5,000 Soviet citizens eventually died from cancer and other radiation-induced illnesses caused by their exposure to the Chernobyl radiation and millions more had their health adversely affected. In 2000, the last working reactors at Chernobyl were shut down and the plant was officially closed.