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Introduction and Background On April 24th 1986 in Ukraine former USSR it was a cool night with high humidity levels The employees of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant were going about their regular duties on their ordinary shifts Little did they know that within hours their lives would be changed if they were spared for the rest of their lives and generations much beyond them Soon their lives and anyone who was within hundreds of kilometers from the power plant would be changed dramatically mostly by problems which were invisible silent and deadly in the worse possible ways At 123 AM on the 25th an explosion in unit 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant occurred The graphite core of the reactor had exploded which then effectively caused an almost simultaneous explosion The explosion from the core caused the second explosion to violently send the roof and most of the siding to the unit into the atmosphere and area around the plant Not only did the roof blow off and the core be exposed but also the radioactive graphite which the core was made of now covered the roof in an unprotected and uncontained setting The immediate reactions of the workers were to fix the problem not consider that the deadly radioactivity was now not enclosed within the safety of the unit Higher officials were called and told of this disaster while the fire department also responded to the calls Not realizing what they were dealing with the fire as soon as it was put out in areas would start back up because the temperatures were too hot for just water to contain the blazes This continued for a long time while men would become violently sick feel weak after short periods of time working Firefighters used to fighting many fires and prepared and trained for working under intense pressure and conditions for hours on end were getting sick vomiting and tired after only minutes
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