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Geography 152b Hazards. Video: CBC Witness Return to Chernobyl. Questions to think about Context/”Facts”. Questions to Think About. Answer prior to viewing Make a list of questions you have about the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.

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video cbc witness return to chernobyl

Geography 152bHazards

Video: CBC WitnessReturn to Chernobyl
  • Questions to think about
  • Context/”Facts”

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questions to think about
Questions to Think About

Answer prior to viewing

  • Make a list of questions you have about the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.
  • Make a list of the impacts you would expect to hear about in the video.

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Questions to Think About

Answer during/after viewing

  • What are the themes of this video?
  • Sketch details about the things you wanted to know about (above). Are the details adequate?
  • Sketch some details of the impacts of the disaster actually covered in the video.
  • What sources are cited in the video about the disaster and its impacts?
  • Which impacts were not discussed, or were not discussed in sufficient detail in your view?
  • When did the Chernobyl accident happen and how many years have passed since (in the video)?

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Questions to Think About

Answer during/after viewing (cont’d)

  • Who was responsible for the clean-up? How are they regarded?
  • Who still live in the villages near the reactor, and what does this imply for the sustainability of these communities?
  • How are potential health impacts viewed by these residents? To what extent does this agree with what you know about risk perception?
  • What lessons were learned from the disaster to prevent future similar disasters?
  • Is Chernobyl closed now? (find out)
  • What questions remain unanswered from your list?

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location
Location

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chernobyl facts
Chernobyl “Facts”
  • 25 to 26 April 1986, explosion (steam), fire, and meltdown during a coolant pump test
  • 100 times the radiation of Hiroshima
  • mitigating circumstances: power surge + failure of emergency shutdown, human error (power down too far, powered up too fast)
  • 800000 men involved in cleanup
  • 31 died shortly after, about 25,000 have died since 1986
  • reactor is being encased in a second sarcophagus (100-year) – finished 2009

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cancer impacts
Cancer Impacts

Source: chernobyl.info

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cancer impacts8
Cancer Impacts

Source: chernobyl.info

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socio economic impacts10
Socio-Economic Impacts

Source: chernobyl.info

PEI = 5600 km2

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more info
More Info
  • chernobyl.info – seems to be the most authoritative site on the disaster and, importantly, recovery
  • http://www.kiddofspeed.com/chapter1.html - fascinating and “controversial” commentary on the disaster

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