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  1. 1. Breaking News!
  2. 2. Where is Chernobyl? -In Northern Ukraine -80 miles North of Kiev
  3. 3. The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Located 11 miles north of the city of Chernobyl Plant consisted of 4 reactors Produced 10% of Ukraine’s electricity  Construction began in the 1970’s  Reactor #4 was completed in 1983  At the time of the accident, reactors #5 and #6 were in progress.   
  4. 4. What happened? Saturday, April 26, 1986: -Reactor #4 was undergoing a test to test the backup power supply in case of a power loss.
  5. 5. Immediate Impact - 203 people were hospitalized immediately. 31 of them eventually died. Most of these people were workers in the plant or local firefighters. - NW winds from the Black Sea carried the radiation for miles in the following days. Scandinavian detectors picked up on the abundance of radiation, but the Soviet government denied everything.
  6. 6. The Clean Up  ―Liquidators‖  These were firemen who helped put out the fires and helped clean up the radiation  Most did not realize the dangers of radiation.  Many later died from radiation, because they didn’t wear protection.  An estimated 8,000-20,000 to date have died  Robots  United States supplied  Specifically designed to enter reactor core and help build the sarcophagus
  7. 7. Clean Up
  8. 8. Evacuation -Following the accident hundreds of thousands of people had to be evacuated and between 1990 and 1995 an additional 210,000 people were resettled. People evacuated: -May 2-3 (1 week later) 10 km area (45,000 people) -May 4 30 km area (116,000 people)
  9. 9. Abandoned city near Chernobyl
  10. 10. ― Good evening, Comrades. All of you know that there has been an incredible misfortune – the accident at the Chernobyl power plant. It has painfully affected the Soviet people, and shocked the international community. For the first time we confront the real force of nuclear energy, out of control.‖ Soviet President Mikail Gorbachav
  11. 11. Effects of Radiation
  12. 12. Effects of Radiation  Doctors identify the following effects from the Chernobyl disaster on the health of their people:  100% increase in the incidence of cancer and leukemia  250% increase in congenital birth deformities
  13. 13. Thyroid cancer •The thyroid gland is the most vulnerable organ to radiation in the human body. •Thyroid cancer can take 10-30 years to show it’s effects. •There has been a 2,400% increase in the rates of thyroid cancer in Ukraine since 1986.
  14. 14. Other problems…  Food & Water  Milk—Farmers have to watch the radiation level in milk.  Fish—Cannot be eaten, as water absorbs radiation and fats concentrate it  Radioactive Floods every spring
  15. 15. Chernobyl Today •The plant has been shut down by Ukraine. (Dec. 2000) •The cement sarcophagus is falling apart, due to the quick emergency construction of it. •The UN estimates that up to 9 million people have been affected directly or indirectly by the fallout. •The full consequences will not be seen for at least another 50 years.
  16. 16. Directions: create an acrostic poem using the word Chernobyl. An acrostic poem uses the letters in a topic word to begin each line. All lines of the poem should relate to or describe the poem, but do not need to rhyme. C H Evacuations….not enough R N O B Y ApriL 26th, 1986 was when the meltdown happened You may start a word in front of a letter of the topic word. Acrostic poems are to be written vertically. When you are finished, add a graphic that relates to your poem. Each line should be a phrase about Chernobyl, it doesn’t have to be a full sentence, but it need to be more than one word.
  17. 17. Resources  Chernobyl Children’s Project International   ―Geographical location and extent of radioactive contamination”   East Cambs Chernobyl Children Life Line; "The Chernobyl Accident“   Russian Research Center; Kurchatov Institute. “The Causes of the accident and its progress”   Time Magazine. May 12, 1986. ―Deadly Meltdown”   Uranium Information Center. August 2004. Nuclear Issues Briefing Paper 22. “Chernobyl Accident”   Ukrainian Web; Chernobyl Tour   The World Bank. “Belarus: Chernobyl Review”  0,,conten