Thirteen shocking, little-known facts about Chernobyl disaster | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Thirteen shocking, little-known facts about Chernobyl disaster

The explosion at Chernobyl nuclear power plant produced a radioactive output of 50 million curies. This number is equal to the consequences of the explosion of 500 atomic bombs that the Americans dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Ninety percent of nuclear fuel of the ChNPP was released in the atmosphere of the Earth. The explosion affected the total area of ??50,000 square kilometers in 12 regions of Ukraine. In addition, the Chernobyl disaster made 150,000 square kilometers around the station unsuitable for living. The entire population of Pripyat, 47,500 people, had to leave the city the day after the accident. As many as 300 residents wanted to return home a month afterwards. The area, where they settled, was then called the Zone of Alienation. Those people's relatives were not allowed to visit them for 20 years afterwards. In total, 8.4 million people - not only in Ukraine, but also in Belarus and Russia - were exposed to radiation. Two units of the Chernobyl power plant continued working for some time after the disaster. Several hundreds of workers and engineers were servicing the units. The authorities had to build a whole new town for them - Slavutich. The town remains the youngest settlement in today's Ukraine.

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