In August 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on two Japanese cities; Hiroshima and Nagasaki…resulting in the first disaster from nuclear energy.

Nuclear explosions are capable of releasing high levels of radiation, energy that removes electrons from atoms and can damage ones DNA.

While areas around a nuclear explosion are instantly exposed, radiation can linger in the atmosphere for decades, traveling great distances before it settles to the ground-level air or Earth's surface.

In 1957, the United Nations formed the International Atomic Energy Agency, an organization to promote peace and safety regulation standards within nuclear technologies.

In 1958, Britain’s Direct Action Committee against Nuclear War (DAC) was set in motion to promote “non-violent direct action to obtain the total renunciation of nuclear war and its weapons by Britain and all other countries as a first step in disarmament.”

In 1979, a nuclear power plant accident occurred on Pennsylvania's Three Mile Island. This disaster exposed 2 million nearby residents to low-risk radiation. It took 14 years and $975 million to clean up that mess.

In 1986, Explosions at the Chernobyl Power Plant (Ukraine) killed 30 workers and causing 300, 00 residents to relocate. This disaster released 100 times more radiation than the atom bombs dropped on Japan during WWII.

The most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated was Russia’s Tsar Bomba. It was the most physically powerful device ever created by man, with a mushroom cloud reaching over 40 miles high and the base of its cloud 25 miles wide.

Did you know that disposing of one's outer clothing can remove up to 90% of radioactive material after a nuclear disaster strike?