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Chernobyl (Skyler/Jonathan)

Nuclear Disaster of Chernobyl (April 26, 1986)
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Skyler Hackett

on 3 October 2012

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Chernobyl In the zone of alienation in northern Ukraine. The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred April 26th 1986. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. At 1:23:04 a.m. during testing, there was a sudden power output surge, and when an emergency shutdown was attempted, a more extreme spike in power output occurred, which led to a reactor vessel rupture and a series of explosions. It occurred under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of the Soviet Union. 1.83 Miles from Prypiat The Population once near 50,000. Today it lays in ruins. Uninhabited since 1986. How did it happen? These events exposed the graphite moderator of the reactor to air, causing it to ignite. The resulting fire sent a plume of highly radioactive smoke fallout into the atmosphere. Just how bad was it? Out of the 99 worldwide nuclear and radiation accidents that were bad enough to make it onto the International Nuclear Event Scale... It is one of only 2 classified as a Level 7. Along with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster






in Japan on March 11, 2011 Hundreds dead from radiaction sickness.
Hundreds of thousands forced to evacuate.
Hundreds of thousands still being effected today. After almost 27 years
from the day
of the accident... Pripyat remains in the zone of alienation. Closed off to the general public due to high radiation levels. All that is left are the memories of the ones who once inhabited the city. And as for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant... The only change the abandoned plant sees... ...is the slow fade of its red strips
off its famous sarcophagus. By:
Skyler Hackett and
Jonathan Callahan
10-1-12 Before: After:
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