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A partial meltdown of a reactor's uranium core at = the Chalk=20 River plant near Ottawa, Canada, resulted after the accidental removal = of four=20 control rods. Although millions of gallons of radioactive water poured = into the=20 reactor, there were no injuries.
Fire destroyed the core of a plutonium-producing = reactor at=20 Britain's Windscale nuclear complex - since renamed Sellafield - sending = clouds=20 of radioactivity into the atmosphere. An official report said the leaked = radiation could have caused dozens of cancer deaths in the vicinity of=20 Liverpool.
A serious accident occurred during the winter of = 1957-58 near=20 the town of Kyshtym in the Urals. A Russian scientist who first reported = the=20 disaster estimated that hundreds died from radiation sickness.
Three technicians died at a U.S. plant in Idaho = Falls in an=20 accident at an experimental reactor.
The captain and seven crew members died when = radiation spread=20 through the Soviet Union's first nuclear-powered submarine. A pipe in = the=20 control system of one of the two reactors had ruptured.
The core of an experimental reactor near Detroit, = Mich.,=20 melted partially when a sodium cooling system failed.
A coolant malfunction from an experimental = underground reactor=20 at Lucens Vad, Switzerland, releases a large amount of radiation into a = cave,=20 which was then sealed.
At the Lubmin nuclear power complex on the Baltic = coast in the=20 former East Germany, a short-circuit caused by an electrician's mistake = started=20 a fire. Some news reports said there was almost a meltdown of the = reactor=20 core.
Near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, America's worst = nuclear=20 accident occurred. A partial meltdown of one of the reactors forced the=20 evacuation of the residents after radioactive gas escaped into the=20 atmosphere.
Eight workers are contaminated when more than = 100,000 gallons=20 of radioactive coolant fluid leaks into the contaminant building of the=20 Tennessee Valley Authority's Sequoyah 1 plant in Tennessee.
Officials said around 45 workers were exposed to = radioactivity=20 during repairs to a plant at Tsuruga, Japan.
The world's worst nuclear accident occurred after an = explosion=20 and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It released radiation = over much=20 of Europe. Thirty-one people died iin the immediate aftermath of the = explosion.=20 Hundreds of thousands of residents were moved from the area and a = similar number=20 are belived to have suffered from the effects of radiation exposure.
At the Sosnovy Bor station near St. Petersburg, = Russia,=20 radioactive iodine escaped into the atmosphere. A loss of pressure in a = reactor=20 channel was the source of the accident.
In France's most serious nuclear accident, three = workers were=20 contaminated after entering a nuclear particle accelerator in Forbach = without=20 protective clothing. Executives were jailed in 1993 for failing to take = proper=20 safety measures.
Japan's Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor = leaked=20 two to three tons of sodium from the reactor's secondary cooling = system.
The state-run Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel = Development=20 Corporation reprocessing plant at Tokaimura, Japan, contaminated at = least 35=20 workers with minor radiation after a fire and explosion occurred.
Another accident at the uranium processing plant at = Tokaimura, Japan, plant exposed fifty-five workers to radiation. More = than=20 300,000 people living near the plant were ordered to stay indoors. = Workers had=20 been mixing uranium with nitric acid to make nuclear fuel, but had used = too much=20 uranium and set off the accidental uncontrolled reaction.
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