Three Myths About Chernobyl

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Three Myths About Chernobyl

Celebrating the airing of Chernobyl: Aftermath, a Ukrainian series about an impossible love set against the backdrop of the 1986 nuclear disaster, these are three myths that have become popular, but false, about the explosion and its consequences.

1. Mutant Creatures

It is of popular belief the idea of nuclear radiation causing severe mutations in animals and people has been a long-established idea, although one with little scientific foundation. During 60 years of research, science has not registered any genetic mutations connected with radiation. What is more, 20 years after the Chernobyl tragedy, the International Commission on Radiological Protection, seeing that there are no reasons to believe of potential genetic risks, downgraded the related risks by 90%.

2. Nature Damage

If you believe that after the explosion there is nothing left in and around Chernobyl and Pripyat, you’re wrong. In fact, the exclusion zone is one of the few places on earth that had become wilder as the years go by. A documentary filmed by 4 News from the UK, proved that wildlife is booming in the area, with the appearance of species like the lynx, and even the proof of a brown bear… the only one that has been spotted in Ukraine.

3. Chaotic evacuation

Thanks to the portrayal of the USSR in the western world, many people believe that a significant number of people died because of the explosion due to a lack of coordination and resources in the region. In fact, the evacuation of nearly 120,000 people was done quickly and professionally despite its urgency. It is also untrue that people received large radiation doses during the evacuation and suffered life-threatening mutations. To this day, there have been cases of people returning to their old homes to live there, some of them even reaching more than 80 years of age.

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