Is the fact that nuclear bombs are not ever used a bad thing from a civilian point of view? Maybe not, a nuclear bomb if deployed in a strategically correct location could kill hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and make the land unlivable for hundreds of years (Smetana). The world is spending billions on weapons that could kill hundreds of thousands of people, but never is actually deployed into
Introduction A fire broke out in a suburban chemical storage facility where it leads to a catastrophic incident in Coode Island. The incident happened on August 21, 1991 little after 2 pm, when an explosion happened on Coode Island facility. A chemical storage tank that was holding around 600,000 liters of a hazardous chemical called acrylonitrile caught on fire and exploded with sufficient force. The fire that was burning had extreme toxic smoke that went into the air and traveled over the western suburbs and the city and as far as Frankston. The types of hazards included methyl ethyl ketone, acrylonitrile, and benzene these formed a toxic black smoke cloud that traveled 18 miles from the accident site.
In October of 1929, the stock market crashed, leading to the depression. Wall Street was sent into a panic and millions of investors were wiped out. Investors began dumping shares in mass amounts. October 24, also known as “Black Thursday” was the day that 12.9 million shares were traded. Five days later, the day known as “Black Tuesday”, another 16 million shares were traded.
On the morning of 28 April workers at the Forsmark Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden, which is approximately 680 miles from Chernobyl were found to have radioactive particles on their clothes. It was therefore, Sweden’s search for the source of this radioactivity that brought light to the serious nuclear disaster that had occurred in what is now known as Ukraine. The Swedish authorities made the connection between the rising radiation levels in Europe and the Soviet union due to the directions of the wind and then announced to the world that a nuclear accident had to have occurred within that area. It is then that reports were released, three days after the Chernobyl explosion to confirm that there had been an incident. However, the information being released to the public was still not a true representation as to the seriousness of the situation.
In “Nuclear Waste” by Richard A. Muller, he expresses his concerns about radioactive material in Yucca Mountain that will be left behind for thousands of years and the unfamiliar dangers that we face. He starts by stating that nuclear waste is one of the biggest issues that our government faces even though they highly follow their “safe” nuclear waste disposal. He stresses how the government prototype nuclear waste facility at Yucca Mountain is supposed to be so safe, but they built it on a site that was created by volcanic activity. Scientist have contemplated many different ways to dispose of nuclear waste, but they all seem like the worse than their previous ideas and some still are considering more nuclear power. After his intense evaluation
“We have witnessed Chernobyl, Bhopal, Challenger, Seveso, Amoco, Cadiz, Three Mile Island and have still not wakened from our fantasy that large organizations can carry out complex technologies on a huge scale with total perfection.” Donella Meadows, an American environmental scientist, teacher, and writer, tells of the dangers pertaining towards large-scale disasters performed by the government. This quote describes the dangers that large organizations take to achieve gratitude and honor. The Challenger Explosion represents a large-scale disaster caused by the people. None of the crew members, scientists, safety officials, or spectators expected the craft to burst into flames 73 seconds into the expedition. At the young age of 18, Shannon
5:12 a.m., Wednesday, April 18, 1906, one of the most devastating earthquakes in the history of the United States hit the heavily populated city of San Francisco, California. This violent earthquake caused extensive and expensive damage and deaths across the city and even resulted in a fire that raged throughout the city for four full days after the earthquake. While the exact casualty tall is uncertain modern scientist estimate the death toll to be around 3,000 people with rough 25,000 left without a home(_____________3________________). However, all was not lost, from the rubble and ashes of San Francisco scientists, seismologist, and geologists alike were able to make improvements upon earthquake technology and better define what causes
In minutes, half of the city was destroyed. According to U.S. estimated, 60,000 to 70,000 people were killed by the bomb, 140,000 were injured many more were made homeless as a result of the bomb and some of them were missing. A very dangerous radiation reached over 100,000 kilometers. In the blast, thousands of people died instantly. The city is completely destroyed, there are 90,000 buildings and 60,000 of them were completely destroyed by the explosion.
Abstract The Chernobyl accident was probably the worst possible catastrophe that could happen in a nuclear power station. It was the only one in history of nuclear power. It resulted in a total meltdown of the reactor core, a hardcore emission of radionuclides, and early deaths of only 31 persons and thousands of people were displaced from their homes permanently. The Explosion released about 300 MCi of radioactive substances, including about 40 &100 MCi of short-lived radioiodines. The social and psychologic stresses that followed have been enormous.
London Fog (1952) The most dramatic and detrimental incident occurred in London Fog. A temperature inversion covered the Thames River Valley; the deadly acid aerosols were trapped in the atmosphere, more people died from this incident over 4000 people died because of the deadly temperature inversion that settled over in London. It was recorded that over 4000 people suffered from bronchitis, Pneumonia, and respiratory diseases. This incident was an alert to the British parliament, immediately the burning of soft coal was barred in London. 2.7.