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Kyshtym/Mayak (September 29, 1957)

History's Worst Nuclear Disasters

Kyshtym/Mayak (September 29, 1957)

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In the years following World War II, the Soviet Union constructed dozens of covert nuclear facilities. One of these, the Mayak plant in the town of Ozyorsk, became the site of a major disaster when the cooling system in a storage tank failed. Some 200 people died of cancer as a result.

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