In the early hours of April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the worst nuclear catastrophe in history. A reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in northern Ukraine exploded, spreading radioactive clouds all over Europe and a large part of the globe. In all, 50 million curies of radiation were released into the atmosphere—the equivalent of 500 Hiroshima bombs. In this exclusive excerpt from Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe, we witness the dramatic exodus from Prypiat, a city of 50,000 located a few miles from the damaged reactor.
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