Chernobyl Nuclear Accident Pripyat a city of 49,000 will soon become a city of none. Chernobyl a city of 14,000 will soon become a city of none. There common denominator, the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident of 1986. An accident that will lose a country $235-billion. An accident that will take the homes and lives once known to many. The Chernobyl Nuclear Accident impacted the Ecosystem in many different ways through the atmosphere, the environment, and the human population.
April 26, 1986 scheduled routine Maintenance was getting ready to be conducted at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Pripyat Ukraine. At the same time they decided to conduct a safety test as well to find out if the plants turbines would be able to keep the reactors cool in
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The atmosphere of the exclusion zone was completely contaminated. People nicknamed “liquidators” came in to try and clean up the plant and areas surrounding it. When the fire was out liquidators began building a sarcophagus. The sarcophagus is a concrete building covering reactor 4 to keep radiation chemicals inside. “Officials considered the sarcophagus a temporary fix to filter radiation out of the gases from the destroyed reactor before the gas was released to the environment” (Backgrounder on Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Accident) . Today the sarcophagus has been rebuilt to better keep the radiation inside for approximately a hundred years. When the radiation was released from the explosion it traveled not only to nearby cities but across the globe. It spread out over the Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and parts of Europe. Countries like Sweden and Austria stopped producing milk and other agriculture foods because the radiation had traveled into their atmosphere leaving their animals contaminated with radiation chemicals. To help keep the radiation from spreading Military Soldiers began to wash the city. “Paved streets were washed down, and dirt roads were kept watered so the radioactive dust wouldn’t rise into the air” (Bryan 33). The soldiers did their best at cleaning as much possible. ”Topsoil, vegetation, trees, and dead animals all had to be buried” (Dowswell 37). Still agriculture foods were irreversibly damaged along with the air circulating the area