How many people died on site and how many people died due to cancer? How much radiation did one person get, on average? When did this disaster take place? These are just some of the questions that I would like to know when learning more about Chernobyl.
During the blast itself a total of 31 people had died, you would think that a disaster that big would have taken more lives. It was said to believe that close to 200,000 emergency workers, 116,000 evacuees and 270,000 residents of the most contaminated areas were effected by the nuclear meltdown. Among those were people called liquidators, in charge of staying back and trying to help put the fires out and cool down the reactors. There were an estimated total of 240,000 liquidators killed due to radiation.
On average the levels of radiations were 33 mSv, which is a very high dosage of radiation. The children in the town or near by the town of Chernobyl, who had contact with animal products and plants that showed some trace of radiation, were likely to get thyroid cancer. when people breathed in the radiation the exposure from the radon may have lead to lunge cancer for many of the people who lived near the disaster.
When did this disaster take place? On April 26, 1989 at 1:23 am the disaster hit, leaving hundreds of people to die and to evacuate there homes, leave over night. I could never image the level of pain that they had to go through to leave there homes and go to an unknown place with no money, no extra close and no means of transportation.