The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Of Ukraine

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Radiation Disperses after Nuclear plant Explosion in Northeast Ukraine
On April 26th, 1986, the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine dramatically changed the world 's opinion about using nuclear reaction for power. At 1:23am, reactor four exploded, releasing more than a hundred times the radiation of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Rosenberg, 2014). As a result of the incident and producing fire, large amounts of radioactive material were consequently released into the environment. The accident caused the largest uncontrolled radioactive release into the environment ever recorded for any civilian operation, and large quantities of radioactive substances were released into the air for about 10 days. This caused serious social and economic disruption for large populations in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine (Chernobyl Accident, 2014). While the radiological impact from this disaster was minimal outside of Russian and Ukraine, it did bring to light the risks associated with the use of nuclear energy across the global stage. Over the next sixteen years, world leaders devoted their attention to conducting reactor safety studies, as well as improving emergency preparedness for public workers and these industries.
Located in Northern Ukraine, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is situated just approximately 80 miles north of Kiev, and just over 12 miles south from the Belarus border. The power plants first reactor became operational in 1977, with the…
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