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Decades ago, a disaster struck the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that resulted in the explosion of a reactor and radiation contamination to the surrounding areas. The accident released more radiation into the atmosphere than the attack on Hiroshima by the United States in 1945, yet there were comparably fewer consequences thanks to the quick action of emergency relief workers and the isolation of the site of the incident relative to other cities in Ukraine.
While it’s true that some passed away from acute radiation sickness, mostly the liquidators who were on the frontlines of keeping the problem at bay, thousands of people made it away from the situation relatively unscathed. Even though some children were even affected and subsequently diagnosed with cancer due to radiation, they were treated swiftly and efficiently with a good prognosis for the rest of their lives.
Many people might automatically assume that a nuclear disaster would result in nothing but tragedy and horrific consequences, but Chernobyl surprisingly and unexpectedly produced fewer than we would imagine. The economy and the morale of the people suffered a bigger blow than the bodies and next generation of people whose parents were exposed to radiation from the accident.
Stay tuned to learn about these consequences and how the accident didn’t have as serious of an impact as one might initially assume given the severity of the disaster. We’ll even tell you how the incident gave new life more opportunities and how you can visit Chernobyl today. Would you take a guided tour of the toxic Exclusion Zone? Let us know in the comments below!