Emily Jones Writing the Hyper-ÂDisaster Embodied and Engendered Narrative after Nuclear Disaster The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26, 1986 was caused by both faulty design and operator error (Kortov and Ustyantsev 12â13) and the resulting radioactive plume affected a broad swath of Europe, most dramatically in the area of Ukraine surrounding the plant. Approximately 120,000 people were evacuated from the area around the Chernobyl plant and it is impossible to know how many people across Europe were affected by radiation from that disaster. A United Nations study estimated that approximately 4,000 deaths might ultimately result from the drifting radiation, but a report commissioned by the Green Party members of the EU Parliament suggests that the numbers might actually reach into the tens of thousands (Northcoast Environmental Center). The TÅhoku earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant of March 11, 2011 and the following weeks are easier to conceptualize as a ânaturalâ disaster than Chernobyl, but have decidedly âunnaturalâ effects related to the ongoing difficulty of containing and decommissioning the Fukushima power plant. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake that occurred on the East coast of Japan caused a tsunami that
The Comparatist – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Nov 1, 2017
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