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Published On: Wed, May 30th, 2018

Chernobyl: The Unknown Truth

April 26, 1986 is the day that will stay in the memory and history of mankind forever. This is the day, when millions of lives were ruined because of the hectic disaster that happened at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station. Even though, more than thirty years have passed since the tragedy, it still remains a topic of burning discussions and the source of myths that are associated with it. This is no wonder, because this was the most dangerous and large-scale catastrophe that has ever happened. It triggered global consequences, affecting the lives and health of millions of people across the world.

A radioactive sign hangs on barbed wire outside a café in Pripyat.
photo VOA Photo / D. Markosian

As time goes by and new generations come to this world, new facts about the explosion at the Fourth Reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station become available to people. Lots of articles have been written and dozens of movies have been shot to provide us with the most detailed and unbiased information that could help people find answers to their questions.

How many victims suffered from the aftereffects of the catastrophe?  Who is to blame about it and was there at least the smallest opportunity to avoid the disaster? Why did the government conceal the information about the danger from people, letting them participate in the celebrities devoted to the First of May? These are only several widespread questions that have been left unanswered for years. It is high time to answer them now.

Hidden Truth About the Chernobyl Disaster

Human life is priceless, but when it comes to estimating the scale of any catastrophe (especially that of the Chernobyl tragedy), it really makes sense to provide the approximate number of victims to realize all the seriousness of the event. According to recent statistics, over 638 thousands of people became the victims of the disaster. 187 thousands of them were the liquidators and more than 389 thousands were the residents, who have suffered from the negative impact of radioactive emissions. More than 70 liquidators have already died from the aftereffects of the tragedy and health problems triggered by it. However, experts assume that the real number of people, who have faced serious health problems and are going to encounter them in future is much more than that stated in the official resources.

What about the ecological issues? Are there any mutations, which are witnessed until nowadays? There are the ongoing debates about the genetic consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. The truth is that the International Committee of Radiological Defense has stated that the cases of genetic mutations in people, flora and fauna in the result of the catastrophe have not been officially documented and, thus, the risks are close to zero. The only witnessed fact is the so-called Red Forest, which was found close to the ruined nuclear reactor and has got red color during several hours after the explosion. Today, however, even this world-known forest has become green and resembles natural reservation rather than an ordinary forest.  

Regardless of the myths that surround the disaster until nowadays, Chernobyl tours gain popularity with local residents and tourists from abroad. Most people are still interested to find out information about the catastrophe that has changed the history of the mankind and wish to see the places with their own eyes.

Author: Oliver Perez

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