30 YEARS SINCE THE CHERNOBYL DISASTER, RADIATION LEVELS ARE HIGHER THAN EVER, AND NO ONE KNOWS WHY
In 1986, a Ukrainian nuclear reactor exploded near the town of Pripyat. The consequences of the so-called Chernobyl event were beyond devastating; in fact, it’s still considered the worst nuclear accident on record. In addition to claiming 31 lives on the day of the accident, an estimated 4,000 additional lives were lost to the deadly radiation that leaked into the surrounding environment. The Russian government made a concerted effort to clean up the debris and to make the area safe again. After 30 years, it was believed that the area was well on its way to recovery, but a recent study has left people more frightened than ever.