In the 1970s, nuclear power plants were popping up everywhere in the U.S.A. So quickly, in fact, that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission didn’t have the resources to keep up. One of these plants was Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania. On the night of March 28, 1979, lights and alarms began going off like it was The Forth of July in the reactor control room. Something was wrong, and for the next few days, the world waited to see if southern Pennsylvania was going to be a nuclear wasteland!
In a strange coincidence, a film called The China Syndrome was releases just weeks before our story takes place, the story of an accident at a nuclear power plant. The term “China syndrome” describes a imaginary result of a nuclear meltdown, where reactor components melt through their containment structures and into the underlying earth, “all the way to China”.
Three Mile Island is located in the Londonderry Township of Pennsylvania, in the southern area of the state, in an island in the middle of the Susquehanna (SUS QWA HANNA) River. The Island was giving the name of Three Miles because it is located three miles downriver from Middletown, Pennsylvania.
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