Attention Getter: There are currently 442 active nuclear power reactors worldwide according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. Of all of the reactors worldwide, 14 have been classified as accidents where the public has been exposed to radiation. The most devastating of these incidents was the core meltdown of reactor 4 at Chernobyl, better known as the Chernobyl disaster.
Today I am going to tell you 3 things about Chernobyl. * First, I am going to tell you what Chernobyl was. * Second, I will tell you Why it happened and * Finally, I will tell you what the effects were and why it’s relevant today.
Body 1 “What was Chernobyl”?: * April 26, 1986 in the early morning hours, an explosion rocked a thriving
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* However, with the reaction already accelerating out of control, the insertion of the graphite rods further increased the reaction. * After disabling or exhausting all potential failsafe methods, the engineers had run out of possibilities and had lost complete control of the nuclear reactor. * Enough pressure had built up within the reactor to cause an explosion, leading to the collapse of reactor 4. * Following the explosion, the engineers and reactor workers attempted to hide the incident from authorities. * This meant that evacuation effort could not fully begin for 36 hours after the explosion. * Because the incident was not immediately reported and the public was never made fully aware, farm produce, dairy and the air was contaminated with extremely high levels of radiation and extremely high levels of radiation and subsequently consumed by the residents in regions surrounding Chernobyl. * Within hours of the explosion, residents of the nearby city of Prypiat began to fall ill. Body 3: How is it relevant to us?:
Finally, I’m going to tell you what the effects were and why Chernobyl is still relevant today. * Hundreds of thousands of people were affected by the accident * 150 villages and towns were abandoned displacing thousands of people from their homes. * As a result of the widespread release of radiation scientists estimate t hats 100,000 miles square miles surrounding Chernobyl had been