The and the future developments are unpredictable about actual

The explosion of reactor 4 at the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station
near Chernobyl, Ukraine on April 26, 1986, was a disaster that still to this
day has an overwhelming effect on millions of lives in different countries, but
also on the environment (Smith, 2005). Although the major health effects of the
Chernobyl accident have become more comprehensible, to this very day we are still
far from understanding all the consequences. The population that received the highest
doses of radiation was the power plant’s personnel and emergency specialists. Firefighters
who responded, were untrained in radiation exposure, therefore had no dosimeters
to control their exposure to the radiation.  During the first few days after the explosion,
more than 500 examined emergency workers were diagnosed with acute radiation syndrome
(Smith, 2005). The significance of this explosion is very complex and the future
developments are unpredictable about actual and potential health consequences
of the accident (Abbott, 2006).

The cause of Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster was not by natural
disaster, but more accurately by a mixture of chain reactions from hasty
decisions and human error. Twenty-four hours before the explosion took place
(Stang, 1996); workers started their test, and began to reduce the power level.
The operators had dismantled safety mechanisms at the reactor to prevent its
automatic shutdown (Marples, 2010). The ORM, or operational reactivity margin,
had reached an unauthorized low level. The explosion occurred because the
reactor was not working under the normal procedures. Neither designers nor
operators knew of the consequences their actions would inflict, no prior research
had ever been done on this situation. This decision to not follow the operating
regulations and not shutting down the reactor at this vital moment is what has
caused the continuous monumental destruction and damage (Stang, 1996). The lack
of properly understanding the mechanics of the reactors that they were testing,
and the hasty decision-making by officials to press on with these safety tests
under unnatural, without prior researching these circumstances is why I feel
that Chernobyl was undoubtedly caused by a complex domino effect of  human error.

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