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All That You Didn’t Know About Chernobyl

To deal with the disappointing end of Game of Thrones, HBO offered its viewers Chernobyl. But little did they think that this series would top all charts! Based on the infamous Chernobyl disaster of 1986, it is a five-part miniseries and thriller on this horrific real life catastrophe. The series follows the story of the 1986 explosion of Chernobyl’s reactor four in the V.I Lenin Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukraine. The disaster occurred during a safety test that went wrong and resulted in the nuclear power plant’s reactor core exploding. This actually shows what happens when science is no longer a blessing but turns into a curse. Here are some of the lesser known facts about Chernobyl that you might want to be aware of while watching the series:

  • Sweden was the first country from the west which learnt of the explosion as the sensors of the nuclear plant workers in this country sensed high levels of radiation.
  • In fact, Sweden was also the first country to send out the first alert signal to its citizens.
  • Among the several radioactive isotopes released, radioactive iodine (Iodine-131) was the most potent. This is due to the fact that it gets very easily accumulated within the thyroid gland, leading to thyroid cancer and eventually death. People who were deficient of iodine in their body fell more susceptible to the iodine radiation.
  • Besides radioactive iodine, cesium-137 and strontium-90 are the potent long time killers. Once ingested for a long period of time, they can pose serious threats to the body.
  • You can still die out of slow radiation if you visit Chernobyl as there are some hot spots usually found in cracks in and around Pripyat where the radioactive particles accumulated. In fact, they’re also in areas of the red forest where a lot of the main fallout happened as was buried.

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