Time Magazine Contents Page May 12, 1986 Vol. 127 No. 19

COVER: The nuclear catastrophe at 38

Chernobyl sets off global shock waves

It could take years before the full damage is known, but it is becoming clear that the explosion and fire at a reactor north of Kiev may be the worst disaster in the 32- year history of commercial atomic power. As radiation- laden clouds blow westward, angry Europeans berate the Soviets for failing to alert them earlier. In the U. S., the question: Could it happen here? See WORLD.

NATION: In the Far East, the 24

President extols the "winds of freedom"

On the road to the Tokyo summit,...

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