These days, nuclear technology is used in several applications. Some of these include: medicinal,
power and of-course military. Out of these, nuclear energy based power is getting popular. In any case, because of growth in applications,
based on nuclear technology, there are several nuclear installations being found at industrial scale.
In general, nuclear installations are highly sophisticated, and, have lots of control measures in place to prevent any major hazard.
Still, it’s a fact, that inspite of all these sophistications etc. accidents could still occur. The problem with nuclear accidents is –
though, less frequent (due to high degree of sophistication and control measures), but, once an accident occurs, the impact is severe.
Some of the worst known nuclear accidents have been at:
- Three Mile Island, near H Harrisburg Pennsylvania, USA in 1979
- Chernobyl (in current Ukraine), in (then) USSR, in 1986
Besides, once in a while, smaller incidents of minor amounts of leaks get reported from around the world.