The Chernobyl Story: What You Need To Know About The Horrific Nuclear Incident That Still Haunts The World Today
Thirty-three years after the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe confounded the entire world, we’re revisiting it to piece together the specifics of what exactly happened on that fateful day in 1986. Many books have been published about this man-made disaster, but HBO‘s recent Chernobyl mini-series has gotten everyone intrigued even more.
The Russian government had tried to keep it away from the public eye, but in the end, it was not something that could be kept tucked away from the masses and the world. Sooner or later, secrets will come out, and the time is now. Learn about the tragedy that befell Chernobyl, and understand why this part of history should never repeat itself ever again.
It’s The Worst Man-Made Disaster The World Has Ever Seen
Taking into account the devastation and widespread damage caused by a catastrophe is the basis upon which the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) has rated Chernobyl. As of today, there are only two events that have the highest possible rating, and the Chernobyl disaster is at the top with a rating of seven.
The year 2011’s Fukushima Daiichi in Japan is the other event, and in both cases, a significant amount of lethal contamination leaked into the surroundings. The catastrophe also let out more or less 100 times more radiation than the atomic bombs that were dropped during WWII on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
60,000 Died, 165,000 Were Disabled, & Birth Deformities Increased Up To 250%
Right after the Chernobyl meltdown had happened, a death toll of 31 people was immediately reported. However, the silent menacing effects of radiation soon caught up with those contaminated. The invisible death sentence killed at least 60,000 people over time, while around 165,000 were disabled.
Most likely, this number might not even be accurate since 800,000 men had initially volunteered to risk their health, and ultimately their lives, to become clean-up workers which the Soviet officials called “liquidators.” According to Chernobyl Children International, there was also a 200% upsurge in birth defects and a 250% rise in congenital birth deformities.
A Soviet Official Claimed A Nuclear Meltdown Chance Of 1 In 10,000 Years
The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was the first nuclear-powered station to operate in Kyiv, Ukraine and the third one located in the USSR. Its construction started in 1972, and by 1977, they finally opened the first reactor; two others followed a few years later. In 1983, the completion of reactor number four came like a newly-built deluxe house.
In February 1986, Ukraine’s power and electrification minister named Vitali Sklyarov reassured the public about the safety and security measures at Soviet nuclear power plants. According to him, the odds of a disaster was only one in 10,000 years. By April, he would be proven wrong.
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