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Causes of The Chernobyl Disaster

Regarding the Chernobyl nuclear disaster: Analyze the historical and contemporary causes of the disaster. Analyze different historical interpretations of the disaster.

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In 1986 the small obscure town of Chernobyl was a city along the Pripat' River in north-central Ukraine. At approximately 1:21am reactor number 4 exploded at the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl which was operated by the Soviet Union. The Soviet government declared the surrounding 30 square kilometers as uninhabitable and resettled 116,000 residents. In the following months and years hundreds of thousands more were displaced and relocated. (www.more.com) (www.ibiblio.org)

Reactor 4 experienced a power increase that resulted in the heating and explosion of its core. This dispensed large amounts of radioactive fuel and core materials into the atmosphere and ignited the combustible ...

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This solution clearly assesses historical and contemporary causes of the disaster. It also offers different historical interpretations of the disaster.

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