Chemistry In Focus

7th Edition
Tro + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning,
ISBN: 9781337399692



Chemistry In Focus

7th Edition
Tro + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning,
ISBN: 9781337399692
Chapter 8, Problem 20E
Textbook Problem

Describe the accidents at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima. What was the outcome of each? Is it possible to have an American Chernobyl? Why or why not?

Interpretation Introduction


The accidents at the three-mile island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima and the outcome of each is to be described. Also, the possibility to have an American Chernobyl is to be checked.

Concept introduction:

The atmosphere is a layer or collection of layers of gases that surround a planet or an object. It consists of different types of gases.

The reactor is the apparatus in which a chemical reaction takes place.

An earthquake is the shaking of the earth’s surface, resulting in the release of energy in lithosphere.

Explanation of Solution

The three-mile island accident occurred due to excessive heating of reactors, because of loss of water from the reactor (loss of coolant). Due to excessive heat, the graphite reactor melted and produced radioactive gases that mixed with atmosphere and the amount of radiation released was insignificant compared to cosmic rays

The accident at Chernobyl was caused due to conducting experiments at lower maintenance cost...

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