The Chernobyl Disaster: Spine-Chilling Facts That Were Kept a Secret Until Today2022-04-05 Stories
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The infamous Chernobyl disaster happened 35 years ago, but secret facts about this tragic accident still keep on emerging. While the explosion happened in Ukraine, which was still part of the USSR back in the day, the aftermath of the blast influenced the whole world, with radiation spreading all over Europe and as far as the United States!!
The KGB, the main security agency of the USSR, immediately covered up the whole thing, while the government wasn’t officially admitting that anything happened at all.
So, what was the real reason behind the Chernobyl disaster and why was the government so secretive about it? Here are some of the most spine-chilling facts that remained a secret for decades - up until now.
The Biggest Event in Nuclear Power History
On April 26, 1986, the 4thRBMK-type nuclear reactor located in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded, causing a few immediate deaths on spot with hundreds of thousands of people who would suffer later in the aftermath of the explosion.
The accident was classified as Level 7, which is the disaster of the highest severity. The only catastrophe with a similar horrifying impact was the recent Fukushima nuclear explosion that has earned the same ranking.
Thousands of people in Pripyat, the town near the nuclear plant, were kept in the dark about what happened and went about their business, as usual, receiving lethal doses of radiation while they were out in the open. The whole town of Pripyat has been evacuated in a matter of hours, once the information got out, but for whole 36 hours the world was oblivious of the tragedy that was unfolding right in front of their eyes.
Was It Worse Than Hiroshima?
We know that the territory of 30 km around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was evacuated with roughly 70,000 people losing their homes forever. Still, not many people realize the scale of the Chernobyl disaster. How do you wrap your mind around something like that?
Well, there are a few events in the nuclear history of the world we can compare it to. It turns out, the Chernobyl explosion was 400 times more toxic than the atomic bomb that was detonated above the city of Hiroshima.
While the Chernobyl accident didn’t cause as many immediate casualties, its impact will last for centuries. According to scientists, the area of the nuclear plant explosion and adjacent territories will remain uninhabitable for more than 20,000 years!