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Chernobyl is in danger. Here’s The Post’s front page from the 1986 disaster.

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Ukraine’s power grid operator reported Wednesday that Russian forces had disconnected the country’s closed Chernobyl nuclear power plant from the grid. Nuclear material is still stored at the site, and the cutoff could jeopardize the cooling of that material and potentially risk radiation leaks.

Chernobyl was the site of the world’s worst nuclear power plant accident on April 26, 1986, when a meltdown sent a huge radioactive cloud over parts of Europe. Below is the front page of the April 29, 1986, issue of The Washington Post, which reported the news of the disaster.