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Worst Nuclear Energy Disasters

Worst Nuclear Energy Disasters

Since the beginning of the atomic age, there have been a handful of deadly accidents at nuclear plants throughout the world.  The following are the worst nuclear disasters on record to date, which involved at least one fatality, at a civilian nuclear facility.  Included in the article is the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) rating.  This internationally accepted method of rating nuclear accidents is similar to earthquake moment magnitude scales.  The rating ranges from one (Anomaly) to seven (Major Accident). 6. Fukushima     Location:  Ōkuma, Fukushima, Japan Date of Incident: March 11, 2011 Deaths:  Zero due to plant operations, two died in the reactor plant from the tsunami, one man died during the clean up operation.  Thirty-seven sustained injuries, including two with radiation burns. INES Level:  Seven (7) Details:  The Fukushima nuclear disaster came in the wake of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and  subsequent tsunami that decimated Japan.  The plant disaster included a series of meltdowns, equipment failures, multiple explosions, and the release of significant amounts of radioactive material.  The incident forced wide scale evacuation of the surrounding area. Current Status:  Clean up operations are still ongoing.  Current projections indicate that the efforts will continue on for decades. 5. Marcoule     Location:  Marcoule, France Date of Incident:  September 12, 2011 Deaths:  One killed, four seriously injured in a blast. INES Level:  N/A Details:  The incident occurred at an oven used for the melting down of metal waste.  The amount of radiation leakage was minor.  However, one person was killed and four more injured in the blast. Current Status:  The Marcoule Nuclear Site remains in operation. 4.  Bohunice Nuclear Power Plant     Location:...
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