Chernobyl is regularly labelled “the world’s worst nuclear accident” – and with good reason.
A working reactor caught fire, explosively. Radioactive debris was sent 30,000 feet into the air – the height at which airliners conventionally fly.
Some of that debris came down thousands of kilometres away, in concentrations strong enough to prohibit the eating of meat and the drinking of milk produced locally.
The upgrading of Japan’s Fukushima incident to a level seven – the maximum – on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) puts it on a par with Chernobyl.
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