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What happened at Chernobyl? Show more Show less

On April 26, 1986, one of the most devastating nuclear disasters in history occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat, Ukraine. An explosion at Chernobyl's reactor number 4 destroyed the facility's protections against nuclear radiation and sent massive quantities of radioactive fallout into the atmosphere. In the aftermath of the disaster, scientists and historians have studied Chernobyl in order to determine exactly what went wrong. Was the catastrophe simply a tragic failure of nuclear safety systems? Or did something more than a mere accident happen at Chernobyl?

There was more to Chernobyl than an accident Show more Show less

The official narrative of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl does not tell the whole story.
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An earthquake caused the disaster

Seismic measurements suggest the reactor explosion could have been caused by an earthquake.
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In 1997, scientists from the United Institute of the Physics of the Earth concluded that a seismic event occurred near Chernobyl beginning approximately 16 seconds before the explosion that initiated the disaster. If vibrations from an earthquake disrupted the reactor's control systems, that could have triggered the cascade of events that led to the catastrophe. Adding further intrigue to the earthquake theory, both the Soviet Union and their Cold War enemy the United States had worked on the development of tectonic weapons - weapons potentially used to cause seismic events by manipulating geological features of the Earth's tectonic plates - prior to the Chernobyl disaster. The former Soviet official newspaper Pravda reported in 1992 that a tectonic weapon had been developed by the Soviet Union, and given the limited seismic activity of the region surrounding Chernobyl, the possibility that such a weapon was employed there must be considered.

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