25 Surprising Effects Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Meltdown On The Environment

We all know that radiation is usually pretty bad for us, but did you know that its consequences can be felt for decades? These are 25 surprising effects of the chernobyl nuclear meltdown on the environment.

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Plants and animals within a 50km (30 mile) radius were affected by the fallout radiation

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Generally speaking, the closer you got to the destroyed reactor, rates of mortality began to rise and rates of reproduction dipped

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Even today, almost 30 years later, some of the initial effects of radiation are still felt and various genetic anomalies are still being documented

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Fortunately, most of these acute effects were contained within the 50km radius

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Lakes and rivers surrounding the disaster zone were also filled with harmful radiation

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