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The sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 2015.

Russia has hidden the details of a handful of nuclear accidents since the 1950s — here’s what we know about them

In addition to Chernobyl, Russia has tried to hide the details of other nuclear incidents, including an explosion that killed seven people in August.
An illustration of a nuclear bomb exploding in a city.

If a nuclear bomb is dropped on your city, here’s what you should (and shouldn’t) do to stay alive

After seeking shelter, a few life-saving measures could reduce your exposure to nuclear fallout after an explosion.

HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ just won 10 Emmys — here’s what it gets right (and wrong) about the world’s worst nuclear p...

The HBO series "Chernobyl" is mostly accurate, but the writer had to invent a character and change the chronology of a few events.
The show's three main characters: Boris Shcherbina, Valery Legasov, and Ulana Khomyuk.

The former deputy director of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant says the Emmy-winning HBO series got its villain right, but its hero wrong

Valery Legasov wasn't a key figure, but Anatoly Dyatlov was responsible for the accident, the former deputy director said.
Anatoly Dyatlov, played by Paul Ritter in the series.

Real-life characters in HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ on the moment they found out about the world’s worst nuclear-power-plant accident

Most of the characters who appear in HBO's "Chernobyl" series existed in real life, and a few have been willing to share their stories.

HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ series invented a main character to depict the world’s worst nuclear power plant accident

Ulana Khomyuk represents a composite of several Soviet scientists, but some experts have challenged the accuracy of her character.
People take pictures of the New Safe Confinement sarcophagus at Chernobyl.

Chernobyl’s ‘sarcophagus’ is getting dismantled because it’s teetering on collapse. Photos reveal the structure’s rise a...

More than 33 years after the Chernobyl disaster, workers have to dismantle the protective sarcophagus before it comes tumbling down.
Raphael Manet checks the growth of oyster mushrooms at the "Bunker Comestible," (the "edible bunker") in Strasbourg, France, on February 19, 2018. The organic farm was established in a former gunpowder warehouse bunker used during the Franco-German 1870 war.

In the event of a killer asteroid, volcanic apocalypse, or nuclear holocaust, mushrooms could save humanity from extinction

Human survivors of an apocalyptic catastrophe could start a new food system with mushrooms. The other food options might not be as appetizing.
Storage tanks for radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Fukushima is running out of space to store contaminated water. Japan’s environment minister said the ‘only option’ is to dump it in ...

Dumping contaminated water into the ocean could damage Japan's local fishing economy. Contamination could also travel to South Korea's coast.
The city of Ozyorsk was built around the Mayak plant, where a nuclear disaster took place in 1957.

A group of scientists called the ‘Ring of 5’ found evidence of a major nuclear accident that went undeclared in Russia

A new study traces "an unprecedented release" of radiation in 2017 to the Mayak nuclear facility in Russia.