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1: Chernobyl 23 Years Later by Victoria Black
3: On April 26, 1986 the largest nuclear explosion occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station.
4: In 1986, the USSR generated 10% of the world's nuclear power. http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/chernobyl/inf07.html
5: Chernobyl is a small town in the Ukraine near Belarus. It's population is 12,500 people.
7: "The operators felt they were an elite crew and had become overconfident." http://library.thinkquest.org/3426/data/cause/over.confidence.html
8: Chernobyl before the accident. | Chernobyl after the accident
9: A contaInment was built to prevent further damage to the environment. December, 1986, two months behind schedule, the sarcophagus was complete. http://library.thinkquest.org/3426/data/emergency/sarcophagus.html
10: The hospital where people were sent following the accident. http://library.thinkquest.org/3426/data/local-effects/health.effects.html
11: The radiation caused deformities in animals and children. http://library.thinkquest.org/3426/data/local-effects/agriculture.effects.html
13: The radiation effected everything in the areas around Chernobyl. it contaminated the land, the water, and the air. In return harming if not killing everything that inhabited the land. The food supplies were contaminated and there was nothing safe to drink. Deformities were also side effect of the radiation.
15: One of the main causes of the explosion was inadequate trained people running it. The had power at 50%. They should have taken power down to 30%, but instead they kept power at 50% for another 9 hours. Then the power in the reactor failed and fell to 1%. The reactors were not made to run on such low power levels. The inside of the reactor began to fill with water. So an employee started taking control rods out of the reactor which was against protocol. Trying to control the flow of water.
17: Much of the land where the radiation from the explosion spread to. Much of the land in these areas are still contaminated today. There are still about 10,000 people still living in Chernobyl because they still have not had the money to evacuate these communities. So they have signs like this around warning people not to eat fruits, berries, or mushrooms that may be found there because they could still be contaminated.
19: Many people were killed in the after mass of this accident. The radiation that spread caused many people to die from different types of cancers and radiation poisons. Only a few people were actually killed in the explosion. Far more people were killed by the radiation let out by the reactor.
21: The day after the explosion no knew that their lives were in danger. The Government of the USSR tried to keep the disaster from the people. It took over 36 hours for the people of the surrounding cities to be evacuated
23: This picture show the difference in the US reactors and the USSR's reactor. The US reactor is safer because it keeps everything in where the other reactor doesn't.