After disaster struck at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, employees at the plant and first responders got incredibly sick — starting with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and ending, for about 30 people, in death.

In total, 134 people were confirmed to have acute radiation syndrome, according to a 2007 medical journal account, which results from the body being exposed to high doses of radiation in extreme scenarios like nuclear meltdowns or use of nuclear w…
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