(redirected from Chernobyl')
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
The 1986 site of a nuclear reactor accident near Kiev, Ukraine, which was caused by a steam explosion. It is the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history and the only level 7 instance on the International Nuclear Event Scale. It resulted in a massive release of radioactivity following a power excursion which destroyed the reactor
References in periodicals archive ?
Chernobyl's Shelter team will apply EKOR in the area of the "bubble pool," where molten nuclear fuel had collected after the catastrophic melt down of Reactor 4 in 1986.
Once a thriving community of 45,000, Pripyat was the city nearest Chernobyl's Unit 4 when the reactor exploded on April 26,1986.
A third objective, however, evidently was to play down Chernobyl's consequences.
In a letter in the May 3 NATURE, Dibb's group proposes that some of Chernobyl's radioactive isotopes penetrated the stratosphere, crossed the equator and then fell in snowflakes on central Antarctica.
The plant's management recently acknowledged that the concrete shelter, put up hastily over the remains of Chernobyl's reactor unit 4 in 1986, is in danger of collapsing and releasing a 160-tonne radioactive magma into the air.
EXPLOSION: Chernobyl's nuclear reactor; INNOCENT VICTIMS: Children born with defects lie on an orphanage floor.
Chernobyl will be closed, that is clear," the President said after a mourning ceremony near the monument to Chernobyl's victims.
In what they call the first scientific study to estimate Chernobyl's effects on human health worldwide, the researchers say that only people within about 30 kilometers of the Soviet nuclear power plant might develop fatal cancers possibly attributable to the accident.
Chernobyl's number four reactor exploded in April 1986, spewing a cloud of radioactive dust over Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and much of Western Europe.
They later went to Kiev for a march to mark the 10th anniversary of the explosion in Chernobyl's Number 4 reactor.
And the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has requested that the United States become "more actively involved" in determining Chernobyl's effects on birds.