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Windscale (October 10, 1957)

History's Worst Nuclear Disasters

Windscale (October 10, 1957)

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Britain's first nuclear reactor, known as Windscale, was the site of a massive blaze in October 1957. While no evacuations occurred, officials prohibited the sale of milk from the affected area for a month. Scientists estimate that fallout from the fire may have caused some 240 cases of cancer.

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