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Transcript of Atomic Age
The Atomic Age is usually said to have begun with the first atom bomb, "Trinity," being detonated.
How may pounds of TNT was it equal to?
Atomic energy was first used for power in the early 1950s.
Atomic energy was also used for weapons.
Such as missiles,
and atomic bombs.
Nuclear power did not always work.
There have been many accidents, starting at Chalk River, Canada, in 1952.
Nuclear plant disasters are ranked from 1-7, with one being minor and 7 being a serious incident with many lasting effects.
So far there have only been two 7s.
One was Chernobyl, in the Ukraine.
This is where the
Ukraine is in Europe
The disaster occurred in 1986.
The nuclear reactor design was flawed and some of the workers were not well trained.
At least 5% of the reactor core was released into the air.
Over 30 people died within 3 months of the explosion, and several others developed hideous physical deformities.
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The other 7 was the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, which happened in Japan in 2011.
The Atomic Age reached i
t's peak in the 1950's-60's, and other than
occasional nuclear debris and ash raining down on
large areas of t
he United States, it didn
't affect too ma
ny people until the bom
bing of Hiroshima and Nag
asaki in World War T
For people living near the location of a nuclear power plant disaster, life is very tough.
It was caused by an earthquake and tsunami.
Often they lose their homes or are affected by nuclear radiation.
Many people lost family members to the disaster.
However, to others, the Atomic Age is not officially over. The risk of a nuclear disaster continues today.
According to some, the Atomic Age ended with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.
At the peak of the Atomic Age in the 1950s-60s, people were living with the threat of nuclear war, and also with silly ideas like nuclear rocket mail and space stations used as nuclear bomb launchers.
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