Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Dangerous Nuclear Accidents Ever until 2017. A nuclear accident can also be referred to as a radiation accident. They are generally characterized by mass deaths and also injuries. Since the creation of nuclear reactors that occurred in the year 1954, there have been very many debates as to the matter of nuclear accidents. There have been many different factors and measures that have been put in place to curb the accidents but the aspect for human error still arises and a little or no physical measures can be done to cure this. By the year 2017 there were 100 reported cases that were nuclear based that either were close or claimed life and property. This shows that nuclear accidents not only maim and claim lives they also destroy property. Here is a list of some of the most dangerous nuclear accidents that have ever occurred.
List of Top 10 Most Dangerous Nuclear Accidents Ever until 2017
10. The Wind scale Fire
This was per say the worst nuclear accident that occurred in the country called the Great Britain. It occurred on the 10th of October in the year 1957. This was after the World War II. During the world war, Britain made two nuclear reactors that were a project that would make the Great Britain to have atomic bombs. The two reactors were up and running by the year 1951. On the said day, there was a fire that occurred in the pile number one of the two reactors that went on for three days continuously. The isotope iodine that was released was the main issue as it led to a huge number of thyroid cancer cases. In addition to this there were also other cases of other cancer that were related to this incident.
9. Tokaimura nuclear accident
In the city of Tokaimura, there have been two different nuclear accidents that occurred in the years 1997 and 1999. The two occurred in different plants one called Donen and the other the JCO plant. The one that occurred in JCO in the year 1999 was the one that was more critical as it claimed two lives. This was caused by workers who were adding uranium in to the tank where precipitation occurs. The aftermath for all this was many people being exposed to radiation and also many being hospitalized.
8. Brazil’s Goiânia Accident
This accident occurred on the 13th of September in the year 1987. It occurred in the state of Goiás. This occurred after a radiotherapy source that was old was stolen from a hospital that was old and had been abandoned for a while. The people that stole it they didn’t know the proper care for the equipment and thus in the handling of it, they were exposed to radioactivity causing four deaths. There were 112000 people that were found to have been exposed to radioactive material.
7. Radiotherapy Accident in Zaragoza, Spain
This was one of those accidents that occurred over a period span of 10 days. It started on the 10th of December in the year 1990 to the 20th of the same year. The accident occurred as a result of a faulty radioactive equipment that was treating cancer patients. The machine that had been up and running for 14 years received a service that did not follow protocol and as a result was giving the wrong dosage to the cancer patients. This claimed 14 lives and left many in critical conditions
6. Saint Laurent des Eaux (1980) – France
This is one of the worst nuclear accidents that have ever been reported in the country known as France. The fatal accident occurred in March of the year 1980. During this time, the cooling system for the said nuclear plant failed causing a rise in the temperatures in the same plant. This caused a melt done of one of the channels that was in the reactor.
5. Kyshtym Disaster
This is said to be among the others one of the worst nuclear disasters in the whole world. This was also another post world war disasters. It took place in September in the year 1957. The nuclear plant in question was in Russia in a city called Ozyorsk. This also was associated to the cooling system of the whole plant that failed. This resulted to an explosion. The aftermath was that there was an evacuation of more than 50000 people.
4. Three Mile Island (1979) – United States of America
In March of the year 1979, there was one of the worst accidents that is nuclear related that occurred in the United States of America. The accident occurred after a series of faults that occurred and the final outcome was that there was a meltdown of one of the units. This resulted both from poor maintenance and also poor workmanship from those working in the plant. Though there were no serious casualties, the air was intoxicated due to the release of radioactive material.
3. Chalk River (1952) – Canada
This incident occurred in the December of the year 1952. The national research experimental that was located along the chalk river received a blow after the blowing up of a reactor that was brought about by a coolant missing and the power excursions that had occurred earlier. The plant was closed down for two years after this incident but was shut down completely in the year 1990
2. Fukushima Daiichi (2011) – Japan
This is one of the most recent accidents that occurred in the world. It is by far the worst that has ever occurred in Japan. This was caused by natural forces as it was caused by a tsunami that had resulted from an earthquake that had occurred prior. The tsunami caused melt down of three reactors after the cooling systems became faulty.
1. Chernobyl (1986) – Ukraine (USSR)
This was the worst ever reported nuclear case in the whole world through all time. It took place on April in the year 1986. It occurred after the release of core material. The incident caused the death of 31 people and led to the exposure of many others to radioactive material. The aftermath to date is still felt by the locals.
So these above are the Top 10 Most Dangerous Nuclear Accidents Ever until 2017. To date there have been many other accidents. Though nuclear energy is good it is better to take the peoples welfare as a priority and ensure that the plants are up to scale.