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And now the broadcaster Ben Fogle is visiting the radioactive wasteland left behind by the disaster and interacting with locals who have remained in the exclusion zone despite the serious health risks

Once from the Soviet Union, the nuclear power plant is located near the now abandoned city of Pripyat

The power plant is surrounded by a 30-kilometer zone or a human-free zone due to the persistent risk of radiation

On 26 In April 1986 the disaster occurred when technicians from a nuclear reactor tried to carry out a flawed experiment

The power control system of the reactor was shut down along with the emergency safety systems while the control rods were removed while the reactor continued to run at 7%

On 26 April 1st at 1:23 a.m., the actions of the technicians resulted in a fireball that blew off the heavy steel and concrete of the reactor.This explosion, combined with a subsequent fire in the graphite reactor, resulted in radioactive material being released into the atmosphere, where it was over great distances was transported

The day after the accident, 30000 residents of nearby Pripyat evacuated while the Soviet Union tried to cover up the accident

After Swedish monitoring stations detected wind transport activity, the Soviet Union admitted that there had been a nuclear disaster that sparked international outcry

In the days that followed, the heat and radioactivity leaking from the reactor core were contained, which posed a great risk to the workers

Sources vary in terms of the number of fatalities from the disaster, with the number of deaths attributable to the initial explosion ranging from 2 to 50

After the disaster, millions of acres of forest and farmland were contaminated, while radiation-induced diseases and cancer deaths were attributed to the accident. gives no evidence of serious public health effects attributable to radiation exposure 20 years after the accident “

The nuclear reactor is still surrounded by a 30 km long exclusion zone in which people are not allowed to live

Scientists and visitors can apply for permission to visit the zone for a limited time

In 2011, the Ukrainian government announced that it would welcome tourists to the nearby city of Pripyat


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