April 26, 1986 in Chernobyl, Ukraine
poor training, poor design, and disregard for safety resulted in explosion of plant, radioactive debris released into atmosphere.
no containment building, 5% of radioactive core released by steam explosion and fire in which 31 died, additional 47 workers died from cleanup; 3,576 deaths health ministry, 32000+ from Greenpeace. 400,000 evacuated, 62000 mi contaminated, half a million people exposed to radioactivity.
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other important producers: Alaska, Siberia, Mexico