American Experience; Meltdown at Three Mile Island
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- American Experience
- Meltdown at Three Mile Island
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988
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At 4:00 a.m. on March 28, 1979, a reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear power facility near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, suddenly overheated, releasing radioactive gas and water. During the following tension-packed week, scientists scrambled to prevent the nightmare of meltdown, officials rushed in to calm public fears and thousands of residents fled to emergency shelters. Equipment failure, human error and bad luck would conspire to create America's worst nuclear accident, which dealt a crippling blow to the nation's nuclear power industry.
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- Chicago: “American Experience; Meltdown at Three Mile Island,” 01/15/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 14, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8596C807F13C48BDB410D8979A5247F5.
- MLA: “American Experience; Meltdown at Three Mile Island.” 01/15/1999. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 14, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8596C807F13C48BDB410D8979A5247F5>.
- APA: American Experience; Meltdown at Three Mile Island. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_8596C807F13C48BDB410D8979A5247F5