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Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck Japan, bringing a destructive tsunami along with it. One of the sites most affected by the devastation was the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which experienced a partial meltdown two days after the quake.

The incident is being called the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 disaster at Chernobyl, and it has shown few signs of slowing down.

Click ahead to see 11 other history-making nuclear disasters.

By Daniel Bukszpan, Special To CNBC.com
Posted 16 Mar 2011

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