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In 1957, an explosion occurred at the ‘Mayak’ nuclear facility near the town of Kyshtym in the Russian Urals. Although scattered reports of a nuclear accident in Russia appeared in the Western press as early as the following year, the Soviet government refused to acknowledge the event. Later reports would show that two-fifths as much radioactivity was released at Kyshtym as was later released at Chernobyl, with the plume travelling northeast.
Despite efforts to conceal the accident, increased activity around the plant and nearby hospitals filling up with sufferers of radiation sickness led to talk and suspicion amongst the local people. Eventually, thousands were evacuated from their homes, entire villages were demolished, and peasants living nearby were ordered – without explanation – to slaughter their livestock, bury their crops and plow their farmlands.
Published by The Velvet Cell
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