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The Chernobyl nuclear disaster was a major nuclear accident that occurred on April 26, 1986 at 1:23:45 a.m. at the V.I. Lenin nuclear power plant, located at the time in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR. It is the most serious nuclear disaster of the 20th century, ranked at level 7 (the highest) of the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), surpassing, according to the Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety ( IRSN), by its immediate environmental impacts the...
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