The Meltdown at Chernobyl

On April 26, 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in the former Soviet Union (now Ukraine) occurred which was ten times larger than nuclear bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. The disaster was the result of human error and a violation of procedures. The Chernobyl accident called into question the safety of nuclear power, and some even went so far as to see it as the first event to cause the eventual breakup of the Soviet regime in Russia. The Chernobyl accident created one of the world's worst nuclear disasters and was the only nuclear accident given INES Level 7 status until the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011.