5 Lessons Learned from the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster: The Aftermath

What Caused the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster?

1. Empower employees to disregard their superiors’ foolish orders.

2. Never cut costs at the expense of safety.

Second, the reactor designed by the Soviets was moderated with graphite. While the first nuclear reactor made at the start of the Manhattan Project was also moderated with graphite, nuclear reactors have since been built more safely. Graphite moderated reactors are prone to accelerating chain reactions. Steam bubbles tend to build up, which prevents cooling water from slowing neutron activity. This differs from reactors used in the West that are moderated by water, rather than graphite. Graphite is also combustible, which is why nuclear material spewed out of the reactor’s core for multiple days after the explosion. Had the Chernobyl plant been designed like those built in the West, the plant explosion would have been contained. After all, the Three Mile Island disaster had far less of an impact than the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

3. Administer training to those performing tests requiring expertise.

4. Emergency personnel dispatched to clean up nuclear sites should be informed of risks beforehand.

5. Cover ups do more harm than good in both the short and long runs

Final Points

The benefits we realize from nuclear power far outweigh the risks. It is, however, important we make every effort to mitigate these risks. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster is an object lesson in what happens when we fail to do so.

Originally posted at: https://bunkerbasics.com/chernobyl-nuclear-disaster/



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