Chernobyl has become a byword for nuclear disaster and the dangers of radiation poisoning. But 33 years after the accident, the exclusion zone that still exists around the plant has seemingly become a thriving habitat for animal species. Following the disaster on April 26, 1986 around 350,000 people were evacuated from the 1,000-square mile exclusion zone in Ukraine. To date, no-one has returned. The result is a wilderness untouched by humans for over three decades. Researchers have begun to take an interest in how the area is developing. It was assumed that nothing would be able to survive the high levels of radiation, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Metro 13th May 2019 read more »