Nuclear Power : The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Essay

1495 Words Nov 7th, 2016 6 Pages
“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” (Thomas Edison) When most people think of the word nuclear it brings thoughts of pollution, sickness, and danger. Nuclear power is so often generalized into something it’s not. Nuclear power provides energy to millions of people throughout the world. It is the driving force behind everyday lives. Along with the benefits, many drawbacks are also present. Nuclear power reminds many of disasters such as Chernobyl or the Japanese nuclear disaster at Fukushima. These disasters, although devastating, can be learned from. Nuclear technology is nowhere near perfect. Disasters like Fukushima and Chernobyl help demonstrate the good and bad of nuclear technology.
The Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred in Ukraine in April 1986. A large steam explosion occurred releasing five percent of the reactors radiation into the atmosphere (World Nuclear). The accident killed a total of 30 people— 28 from acute radiation poisoning, and two on site because of the explosion. Chernobyl was the largest release of radioactivity into the environment. Prior to the explosion, a safety test was run on reactor four that involved shutting the whole reactor down. There was no communication when running the test, so safety precautions and specific technicalities of the test were not followed. The reactor fell to extremely low power which caused a reaction. Steam began to build in the inactive steam pumps creating…

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