The Impact Of The Chernobyl Disaster On The Woodworm Forest

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The devastation from this disaster impacted humans, and the environment equally. The Woodworm Forest had the most exposure to the radiation, since it lays within a 10km zone of the Chernobyl power plant. Animals living around the exposed areas have suffered from a variety of side effects; brain reduction, development of nervous system, and impaired cognitive abilities. Fish in fresh lakes were banned for resale and people were advised not to consume them. Part of the clean up efforts were done by bulldozing the forest and burying anything affected by radiation to prevent further contamination. The insect population has decreased in the radiation zones. Currently, Chernobyl still has large levels of radiation . The radiation is sticking to the top…show more content…
Their reduction has a very negative impact on the entire ecosystem surrounding Chernobyl. On April 26, 1986, at Chernobyl power plant, in Ukraine, testing was being conducted on reactor 4 to see how the reactor would cope with lower power output. After testing was complete, one of the operators forgot to reset the power outage to the 30% standard requirement, therefore it caused a devastating chain of events to occur. Water flow to the reactor increased to counteract the lack of power and radiation building up which was trying to cool the system. The water created large
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