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 damage plans, there are some technological systems, like nuclear power and deepwater drilling, that are so extremely dangerous they are unacceptable unless they have zero possibility for error. If we build thousands of nuclear plants required to meet needs of growing energy, even the tiniest mistake puts millions of lives at a major health risk.

Regardless of our best laid plans, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and other irrepressible natural forces will, at some point, strike some nuclear power sites. A tornado forced the shutdown of the Fermi 2 atomic reactor in Michigan, the site of a 1966 melt-down that nearly exposed the entire Great Lakes region to radiation.

Pakistan’s nuclear facilities have been attacked three times since…
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