The Effects Of Radiation Exposure On The Environment

1542 Words Oct 16th, 2016 7 Pages
Throughout history, populations have been affected by the devastating effects of radiation disasters. Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima in 2011 are a few radiation disasters that will be highlighted. Chernobyl could be argued as one of the worst incidents of radiation exposure to the general public. Aspects of this paper include background on accidents, the effects of the radiation exposure, and the impact of the population living within the areas. As well as the cost, not only economically but environmentally. Much can be learned from these incidents on a government and individual level. Governments need to understand the magnitude of such a disaster and how to help those affected most. While individuals should be more aware of the dangers of radiation exposure and how their living situations may put them at a higher risk. The public needs to be informed and educated on how accidents like these affect their lives.

Chernobyl was the largest uncontrolled radioactive release ever recorded for any civilian operation. Chernobyl had four reactors, which were run on low power making them very unstable. There was a huge power surge which increased the heat in reactor number four. The increased heat set off a chain of events that couldn’t be controlled. Pipes began to rupture as well making the prefect condition for two major explosions. Most other nuclear power plants have a containment enclosure, but Chernobyl did not. Since there was no enclosure this resulted in radioactive…
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