“River of radiation… world’s 3rd-worst nuclear disaster”

“Before Fukushima and Chernobyl, the worst-ever nuclear disaster was…

Kyshtym is the name of a small town in what is now Chelyabinsk Region in Russia… Six decades ago, you wouldn’t find it on any publicly available map because it hosted a crucial element of the Soviet Union’s nascent nuclear weapons program, the Mayak plant….”

…Some of the less-dangerous radioactive waste from Mayak was simply dumped into the Techa River, while the more-dangerous materials were stored in massive underground tanks….  In September 1957… one of the tanks exploded with an estimated power of 70-100 tons of TNT… The disaster was covered up in the Soviet media, which reported that the strange lights in the night sky…”


Yada, yada, yada, it’s a nuclear waste land. The cherry on top is a poisonous river.

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