The Chernobyl Nuclear Accident Occurred

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Introduction
The Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred on April 26, 1986 in the Ukrainian SSR, which was still under the jurisdiction of the Soviet Union at that time. Now, this place pertains to Ukraine, which is an independent country in Eastern Europe. This technological disaster created many health-related problems and affected economically the Eastern European population in the following years after the accident.
On Saturday, April 26, one of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear plant became very unstable as a routine shutdown was taking place. This was not the first time when reactor number four was shut down. There was a previous time when the turbine of the reactor was not functioning as fast due to the voltage regulators. The control rods caused a drastic power surge when they were inserted into the reactor, by so allowing the water to come and cool the reactor off. When the water and the hot fuel interacted, steam was produced quickly and pressure rose. This pressure produced an explosion that released radioactive products into the atmosphere.
According to the World Nuclear Association reported in the article Chernobyl Accident 1986 posted on their website and updated this past April 2014, as a result of this accident two people died at the moment of the explosion and other twenty eight more died in the following two weeks due to large radioactive exposure. Once the accident had happened, reactor four was shut down and was enclosed in a large concrete shelter so…
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