Chernobyl was the worst nuclear disaster in history compared to Fukushima
The word Chernobyl when uttered will never be related to a geographical location. It has made its mark in history as one of the worst nuclear disasters to affect humanity instead. Thus, Chernobyl is synonymous with disaster. There may be a debate across the world as to the likes of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima power plant in Japan but in no way can it ever compare to Chernobyl.
Despite of being recorded as a level seven nuclear disaster, the same as Chernobyl, in terms of human life, damage and after effects, Chernobyl is the worst nuclear disaster to hit humanity and the deserted and isolated power plant still stands testimony to that grim day in 1986.
1 The Impact of Chernobyl Was Millions In Comparison To Fukushima
A level 7 rating for any nuclear disaster accorded by the International Atomic and Energy Agency signifies the highest possible designation. Both the Fukushima nuclear plant accident in 2011 and Chernobyl in 1986 have been rated a level 7, but doesn’t this mean they are on par with each other. Both nuclear disasters produced a core meltdown with the disastrous ability to wreck havoc on thousands of people either by killing or maiming several others as a result of various levels of radioactive exposure.
In both accidents, thousands were evacuated from the surrounding areas and till today people are yet to return there. The worst impact of both disasters is on the environment, where a legacy of radioactive contamination has been left behind and is not likely to subside or reduce in future.
2 The Death Toll of Chernobyl Continues Till Today
How does one gauge the extent of a radioactive disaster? In what manner of speaking can we term Chernobyl the worst nuclear disaster in recent history? Although the IAEA does not gauge the impact of a radioactive disaster from the perspective of human health, still Chernobyl adversely impacted more than a hundred million whereas Fukushima caused radioactive exposure to hundred thousand.
April 26th was the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster. The world and its industrialists would do well to observe such a black day in history as such disasters are sometimes the result of human failing. Chernobyl caused injury and radiation exposure to a large number of its workers ranging from mild to lethal doses. The death toll wasn’t to end on that day itself, it continued as many kept dying from their own exposure. Reports filtered in of 25 cleanup workers contracting leukemia over a period of the next 25 years.
3 Increased Radiation Meant Increased Harm
The disaster at Fukushima wasn’t strong enough for the radioactive exposure to produce any disease in workers. Yet consider the impact of Chernobyl, which affected more than 572 million people from no less than 40 different nations. Doctors and medical officials took weeks to gauge and analyze the medical ramifications of the infamous episode and the possibilities of cancer among all of those involved.
It wasn’t until 2006 that the complete analysis reports of Chernobyl and its impact on cancerous disease was made available by an international group of scientists. The report carried details of radioactive impact on all 40 countries as well as estimated percentage of effect on the worst hit regions of Belarus, Russian Federation and Ukraine.
4 Chernobyl’s Deadly Iodine Isotope 131
The most careless aspect of the Chernobyl disaster was the fact that officials did not issue warnings to the surrounding population of the disastrous effects of isotope Iodine 131, which had the potential to leak into the food chain thus causing thyroid cancer. As a result many were affected by such a risk to the deadly disease.
The main reason why Iodine 131 contamination and impact on population was high, was because the population of Chernobyl was already suffering from iodine deficiency and hence their bodies just gobbled up the radioactive iodine coming their way.
5 The Worst Nuclear Disaster of All Time
Thyroid cancer is a rare disease but in Chernobyl it has increased… Scientists predict Chernobyl may have caused 16000 thyroid cancer cases due to Iodine 131 exposure. History can safely attest to Chernobyl the worst nuclear disaster of all time. It was unfortunate that it was a man-made disaster that became worse by incompetent and poorly qualified workers who did not know what to do to prevent a meltdown.
Fukushima on the other hand was caused by the effects of a tsunami and was well contained due to the skill of its workers. The world will always remember April 26 as a black day in human history where death never stopped at Chernobyl but continues to haunt people affected by it even today.