The Disaster Of The Chernobyl Disaster

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On the day of April 26, 1986, an event that had affected many people took place, The Chernobyl Disaster. The radiation cloud had spread over 27 countries. 28 people died within a few weeks as a result of acute radiation poisoning. The steam explosion and fires had released 5% of the radioactive reactor core into the atmosphere. 1,100 square miles around the reactor still remain uninhabitable to this day. Recently documented, it has been said that over 500,000 people have died from radiation exposure over the past two decades. 5-8 million people continue to live in the contamination zone causing a surge in infant mortality and children born with deformities. While we can force oil companies to improve their safety and environmental…show more content…
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