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The Historic Disaster of Chernobyl
The Chernobyl Power Complex was a power plant consisting of four reactors built in 1970. The complex itself was located 130 km north of the town of Kiev. Located close to a river, a man made lake was constructed to produce large amounts of cooling water. Though the old town of Chernobyl only had a population of 12,500 the nearby town of Pirpyat was home to 49,000 people uninvolved in the ticking time bomb that was the Chernobyl Power Complex.
Why / When
In April 1986, a mix of mishandeling, lack of knowladge bythe workers of the Chernobyl neculear power plant, as well as a partly faulty reactor caused the disaster that has forever changen the Ukraine.
Who / What was effected
In the months shortly after the explosion a total of 30 workers and fireman died attempting to control the disaster. Of the three hundred workers that were involved in the clean up over half were diagnosed with acute radiation syndrome. This was not the end of the health issues though. Thyroid cancer in the area around cherynobl sky rocketed and radiation was seemed to be the only likely cause. Even now families who survived the explosion risk cancer and birth deformaties. It was not only the health of the people that suffered, it was also their food and livelyhood. Agriculture suffered as all the food being exported out of the area was banner. An area of 1,400 square miles was considered contaminated, causing over 90 comunities and upwards of 120,000 people lost their homes and abandonded their homes.