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. Was the catastrophe simply a tragic failure of nuclear safety systems? Or did something more than a mere accident happen at Chernobyl?
A nuclear accident happened at Chernobyl
A combination of technical problems and inadequate safety measures led to a catastrophic explosion.
The reactor's design was flawed
Chernobyl's reactors were built on the Soviet RBMK design, which had dangerous deficiencies.
The Cold War was full of espionage and sabotage. Destroying the reactors would have been a way for the United States to hurt the Soviet Union’s infrastructure and reputation. Therefore, American spies are the obvious suspects.