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?
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.Explore
Chernobyl's operators conducted an unsafe test
An unsafe experiment conducted by the plant's operators caused the catastrophe.Explore
Soviet officials neglected safety
Soviet nuclear safety culture deliberately limited the scope of precautions.Explore
There was more to Chernobyl than an accident
The official narrative of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl does not tell the whole story.
American spies sabotaged the reactor
Cold War espionage was behind the Chernobyl disaster.Explore
An earthquake caused the disaster
Seismic measurements suggest the reactor explosion could have been caused by an earthquake.Explore
Aliens were at Chernobyl
Strange sightings before and after the disaster point to an extraterrestrial presence at Chernobyl.Explore
The Soviets deliberately destroyed the reactor
Soviet officials had several potential reasons for wanting an "accident" to occur.Explore
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