American Experience : Meltdown at Three Mile Island (1999)

Genres - History, Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Social History  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Brooke Hodess

Just days after Hollywood released The China Syndrome, a film about the possible meltdown of a nuclear power plant, life closely imitated art and a reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear power facility near Harrisburg, PA, suddenly overheated. Tension, panic, and fear embroiled the area for a week as scientists scrambled to prevent a nuclear meltdown. It was the worst nuclear accident in American history. More than 100,000 residents fled the area. Narrated by Liev Schreiber, American Experience: Meltdown at Three Mile Island carefully re-examines step-by-step this national disaster which still haunts many Americans, and which dealt a crippling blow to the nation's nuclear power industry.

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accident, nuclear, radioactivity, disaster, nuclear-accident