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Reactor Accident DVD
Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Idaho, 1960
The world's first fatal nuclear reactor accident, the SL-1 Reactor
in Idaho exploded in 1960 killing three operators. We have details
and photographs. Click
here to learn more about the SL-1 Accident.
Simi Hills, Ventura County, California, July 26, 1959
A 30% meltdown of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory reactor core occured
after a clog formed in a coolant channel. Most of the fission products
were trapped inside the facility, but radioactive gasses were vented in
the third-largest release of radiactive iodine in history.
Middletown, Pennsylvania, March 28, 1979
A loss of coolant caused a partial meltdown at the top of the reactor
core. Contaminated water escaped into an attached building and some
radioactive gas escaped into the environment.