Worst Mistakes In History
Faulty equipment causes nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl
Money lost in 1986: $358 billion in clean-up and the value of lost farmland
Inflation adjusted price: $720 billion
In 1986, four reactors went out of control during a test which led to an explosion and fire. The fire destroyed the reactor building in its entirety. The explosion also released an unsafe amount of radiation into the air.
The explosion caused the immediate death of two plant employees and then in the months following, 28 firefighters and clean-up workers died because of exposure to the radiation.