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…show more content…
Reactors one, two and three were shut off gradually after being cleaned up. The last functioning reactor was shut down in the year 2000 for decontamination. Shutting down this power plant will require many years to pass and the use of many resources. Economic Impacts of Chernobyl’s Accident Chernobyl nuclear accident had higher costs than anyone could have ever imagined before this disaster took place. Those costs were clearly impossible for a country to support, and because of this accident, many European countries had to suffer the economic impacts and had health issues consequences for years. According to the article Consequences of the Chernobyl Catastrophe for Public Health and the Environment 23 Years Later written by Yablokov in the Annals of the New York Academy of Science in 2009 “The Chernobyl catastrophe clearly shows that it is impossible to provide protection from the radioactive fallout using only national resources. In the first 20 years the direct economic damage to Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia has exceeded 500 billion dollars. To mitigate some of the consequences, Belarus spends about 20% of its national annual budget, Ukraine up to 6%, and Russia up to 1%. Extensive international help will be needed to protect children for at least the next 25 to 30 years, especially those in Belarus because radionuclides remain in the root layers of the soil. (Yablokov, 325)” This accident had horrible monetary
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