Happy birthday, Three Mile Island!

32 years ago, this very day, the reactor at the Three Mile Island power station initiated a series of events and mishaps which brought about the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history.

If you care to read the simplified Wikipedia account of the accident linked above, you will see that it, too, SCRAM-med in about 8 seconds; but as this does not stop decay heat, since the turbine had stopped working, heat built up in the core leading to a partial meltdown which was stopped before it broke through the main steel vessel.

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