Nuclear Power Plant Disasters
(Warning, This May Explode)
Chernobyl is a city in Europe with a nuclear power plant. The technicians were doing tests and shut off the coolant. Chernobyl exploded in April 26, 1986. It occurred at Unit 4 of the power at Chernobyl, Ukraine. The accident destroyed the reactor and released an incredibly large amount of radiation into the environment. Because of this access to a 18 mile radius of the plant was closed. Thirty-one people died in this explosion. It took $585 million to replace the power plant. 135,000 had to evacuate the area. The radiation cloud spread all through out western Europe. It took the cloud 1 week to spread all over Europe.
The China Syndrome is a theory that scientists made up. They say that if the energy in the power core over heats, the waste would melt through the center of the earth and go to China. This can be a very severe problem. Animals that live under ground may me killed, and the Chinese people would die without knowing what was happening. If it hits our water tubes we will be in huge danger. Hopefully this will never ever happen.
Three Mile Island is a small isle with a nuclear power plant. It had difficulties in 1979. A melt down made the secondary loop shut down. Water pressure and water temperature rise in the primary loop. The operators saw that the water level in the primary system rose and the pressure decreased. The Primary systems are turned on that circumference water into the main core. The waters heat was now controllable although half of it melted and some of it disintegrated and still there was hydrogen in the loop. Radiation must be taken care of. Out of 28,000 houses only 18,000 houses got power. They had 10 court cases about the melt down. The cases took 15 years.
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