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Another Chernobyl Explosion Possible

Mon., March 27, 1995

The damaged Chernobyl nuclear plant could explode again, sending another plume of highly radioactive dust over Europe, The Observer reported Sunday.

The newspaper quoted a report funded by the European Union that said the dividing wall between Chernobyl’s burned-out No. 4 reactor and the still functioning No. 3 reactor is becoming instable.

If the wall were to collapse, it could send debris crashing through the concrete sarcophagus built around the irradiated No. 4 reactor following the April 1986 explosion and fire at the Ukrainian nuclear complex.

Falling debris also could damage the No. 3 reactor, break coolant pipes and cause a partial nuclear core meltdown, The newspaper said.

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