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Chernobyl Disaster

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The Chernobyl Disaster
On April 26th, 1986, the world witnessed an event that changed the lives of many people. At 1:23 in the morning, the unit four reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded, setting fire to the night. The nearby town of Prypiat was awakened by the large clouds of smoke hovering in the sky. What they thought was a safe place, turned out to be deadly. The explosion released radiation into the atmosphere, which traveled to the surrounding areas of Chernobyl, which include Belarus, Russia, and several other European countries. Helicopters circling the area began smothering the fire with sand, clay, boron, lead, and liquid nitrogen until 600,000 conscripts were dispatched to Chernobyl to stop the mess. For years, children born in the area had a higher change of birth defects. Innocent people who had nothing to do with the accident saw their lives and those of their friends and families forever crippled. Hundreds of families lost their homes, because they were forced to evacuate the contaminated area. Thousands of hearts were down and broken. The Chernobyl nuclear accident still affects the world today. Some people believe that it caused the collapse of the Soviet Union. It was financially challenging for the USSR to deal with. The accident opened our eyes to the dangers of nuclear energy. The environment was severely contaminated in the areas nearby the accident site. The economy of the USSR was thrown out-of-whack. The adverse health effects on the citizens of Europe have been prevalent for many Douglas 2

generations and will continue to affect the world for many years. Some chemical compounds released into the atmosphere take hundreds to thousands of years to fully disappear. How can we expect the citizens of a country to trust the government when something such as Chernobyl happens? Because of the way that the reactors were designed, they were not able to stop radiation from escaping into the atmosphere....