SOC 154 - Three Mile Island - Friday Kevy Chea Sociology...

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Friday, March 11, 2016 Kevy Chea Sociology 148 Video: “Meltdown at Three Mile Island” In the video, “Meltdown at Three Mile Island”, it revealed the dangers that occurred in the United States that caused a public uproar. The Nuclear Generating plant in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania has been producing electricity for only a year before its destruction on Wednesday, March 28, 1979. The public first sought information through press, which was only the beginning of panic. Individuals were upset that they were being lied to, that the plant was being handled and safe until they found people dressed in radiation suits and using respirators, which indicated that something was wrong because they did not need masks if it were safe. People began rioting because of the scare. The governor was told the problem seemed fixable, however, by Friday, the plant was still out of control; radioactive gas was released from Three Mile Island. The press began to ask more questions and demand more answers becoming more vicious; angrier because they felt they deserved to know what is happening as residents of Harrisburg. All the residents just wanted to know whether it is time to leave, however, the press would persistently say things are okay. The plant was already explosive but they would not admit it, denying of any possible danger or harm to the public. A month later, the reactor was finally shut down. Although there was frustration and terror, there was an internal sense of relief and deliverance when finally over. In this paper, I will analyze and explain the public’s scare, what happened as time progressed and the ones in charge were not releasing any information about the dangers, and what methods the public used in order to finally have the issue resolved. Firstly, this event would be classified as a disaster, because it was an event that disrupted the functioning collective, which are all the citizens of Dauphin County. It began with a public panic. There was intense terror that grew within the citizens, however, information was being withheld from the entire county. Next there was intense personal terror. All the
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