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Exact Location Of Chernobyl Plant Initially Unclear

May 1, 1986

MOSCOW (AP) _ The precise location of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster was one of the many questions surrounding the accident during the first days after the accident was reported.

The initial Soviet government statement Monday said only that there had been an accident at the Chernobyl station, without saying where it was.

Working from small-scale maps, reports placed the town from 50 to 60 miles north of Kiev, the Ukranian capital.

A Soviet government statement Tuesday night clarified that the plant actually was not at Chernobyl, but near the town of Pripyat which grew up around the complex several miles north of Chernobyl.

A Tass report Wednesday said the plant site is 130 kilometers from Kiev, or slightly more than 80 miles.

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