HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries has given us a whole new glimpse at the devastating event. But just when will it stop being radioactive?
The five-episode series has given viewers an unprecedented look at one of the most significant events in human history.
But there were a few things the HBO show failed to mention.
Chernobyl: The frightening facts
There’s no doubting the fact that the Chernobyl disaster shook the world, the effects of the reactor explosion can still be seen across Europe to this day.
For a start, the death toll of the disaster, which varies dramatically depending on the source, could be nearly as high as 93,000 according to Greenpeace, whereas the death toll according to the Soviet Union at the time was just a mere 31 people.
The disaster came to light thanks to Swedish nuclear scientists noticed an increase in radiation two days after the explosion in the Ukrainian power plant.
After reactor 4 of the Chernobyl power plant exploded, the site was still used to generate power in reactors 1, 2 and 3 until 2000, 14 years after the disaster.
9000 British farms were placed under restrictions after the fallout from the explosion was found to be contaminating sheep in the years after 1986. 375 of these farms are still being monitored.
And finally, the total cost and economic damage of the Chernobyl disaster amounts to an estimated $235 billion.
When will Chernobyl stop being radioactive?
The amount of radiation released at Chernobyl is thought to be 100 times greater than that at Hiroshima and Nagasaki where the US dropped two Atom bombs to bring an end to World War II.
Despite this, the wildlife of Chernobyl and its neighbouring city of Pripyat have recovered immensely after initially falling victim to the devastation.
Of course, they’re dangerously contaminated with radiation and a number have been mutated awfully but the lack of human activity has brought a whole new lease of life to the once bustling city.
However, while animal and plant life has recovered at Chernobyl, it is estimated that the area will be unfit for human habitation for at least the next 20,000 years.
Just think, the disaster was only 33 years ago but the harrowing effects will last for millennia to come.