The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Of Chernobyl Essay

1231 Words Nov 1st, 2016 5 Pages
The accident that took place in Chernobyl, Ukraine was the worst nuclear disaster that has ever occurred. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster not only effected the citizens and community of Ukraine, but it impacted the world’s perspective of nuclear energy. The disaster took place during a routine maintenance check on the fourth unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. This maintenance routine that was done on unit 4 was to test the plant equipment and its capability of providing enough electrical power in case of a technical emergency within the plant itself. This test, however, was carried out without proper authorization and exchange of information between the staff in charge of the maintenance work and the staff involved with the safety control department of the plant. Ineffective safety precautions were included in the test program, as well as the absence of the information involving the potential dangers of the test itself. Due to the lack of coordination and awareness, resulting from an insufficient level of “safety culture” within the plant staff, a power surge was provoked, becoming uncontrollable and sudden. Violent explosions and the destruction of unit four led to a series of catastrophic events. This disaster soon became uncontrollable due to the intense spread of fires within the building, thus creating a situation that would soon lead to a widespread release of radiation into the environment of Ukraine, and ultimately many parts of the world.
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