What exactly happened at Chernobyl?

By: Abrar Khan

What exactly happened at Chernobyl? The Chernobyl accident in 1986 was the result of a flawed reactor design that was operated with inadequately trained personnel.

The resulting steam explosion and fires released at least 5% of the radioactive reactor core into the environment, with the deposition of radioactive materials in many parts of Europe.

How many deaths has Chernobyl caused?

According to the BBC, the internationally recognised death toll shows that 31 died as an immediate result of Chernobyl. Two workers died at the site of the explosion, another died in hospital soon after due to their injuries and 28 operators and firemen are believed to have died within three months of the accident

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, officially the Vladimir Lenin Nuclear Power Plant, is a closed nuclear power plant located near the abandoned

city of Pripyat in northern Ukraine 16.5 kilometers northwest of the city of Chernobyl, 16 kilometers from the Belarus–Ukraine border, and about 100 kilometers north of Kyiv.

Location: Pripyat Operator(s): SAUEZM Reactors: 4 Status: Inactive Commission date: 26 September 1977 Construction began: 15 August 1972 Decommission date: Process ongoing since 2000