Aftermath of Chernobyl

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Aftermath of Chernobyl
Chernobyl remains as one of the worst nuclear disasters recoded in modern history. Even though the most severe consequences of the event occurred in the Soviet Union, this incident changed the course of modern European history. This event affects nuclear industry through the decline in nuclear power plants, anti-nuclear movements, arms agreements through nuclear disarmament, environmental movement, and more renewable energy sources. Chernobyl is a catalyst for Germany’s place as an anti-nuclear country as well as a leading developer in new renewable sources of energy for the modern world.
Some background information about the Chernobyl disaster was initially discovered when a Swedish Nuclear power plant “set off warnings during a routine radioactivity check… When other nuclear power plants reported similar happenings, the authorities turned their attention to the Soviet Union, from which the winds were coming” due to the fact that the Soviet Union attempted to hide their serious nuclear problem. When the Soviet Union finally admitted the accident occurred, due to pressure by Sweden under UN treaties, the USSR claimed, “the Chernobyl accident was the first ever in a Soviet nuclear power plant” or in other words the first accident they admit to happen. According to the Encyclopedia of Russian History, the disaster ironically happened after a failed safety equipment test that blew off the roof of reactor four. It ultimately killed thirty-one people from the initial explosion, several thousand hospitalized, one hundred and twenty five thousand deaths from cleanup workers, and a high rate of thyroid gland cancer among children that live in the affected zones. This event sparked many anti-nuclear movements across the Western world but more prevalently in Germany.
Germany is known for the events in Wyhl in 1975 because it is “the symbolic…...

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