The Chernobyl Disaster By: Nick Beckman

  • The Chernobyl Disaster took place in northern Ukraine, in Chernobyl
  • The incident occurred on April 26, 1986
  • At the time, Mikhail Gorbachev was the leader of the Soviet Union
  • This event started on April 26, 1986 and has not ended yet as the radiation that was expelled during this disaster is still around and makes the area of and around Chernobyl very dangerous
  • The incident was caused by a malfunction during a stress test of a nuclear reactor, resulting in a meltdown. The safety system was shut down in order for workers to do the stress test which they skipped steps during, causing the meltdown which prevented that area from having any power until they built another
  • This disaster effected Ukraine and all of the countries around it by spreading radiation into the other countries, making those areas very dangerous and often uninhabitable
  • The Soviet Union "fixed" the situation by putting a concrete sarcophagus around the nuclear reactor which has sealed more radiation from escaping but, this shows their disregard for their people as all they were told to do is leave so the people needed to find new homes
  • The current state of affairs in northern Ukraine is still very dangerous and harmful to people who cross into it
  • This disaster could be considered a failure of the Soviet Union because they allowed this incident to happen and, depending on the area, the land around Chernobyl may not be habitable again for hundreds of years
  • The Soviet Union's workers were ill prepared for anything like this to happen, demonstrating how they may have had poor nuclear programs
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