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An unexpected side effect of evacuating people from the area has been to create a wildlife sanctuary, where species can live untouched by human activity.
As a result, some scientists have come to two conclusions.
First, animals and plants may be more resilient to radiation than we had originally thought.
And second, the effects of the world’s worst nuclear disaster may be less damaging to the natural world than the continuing presence of people.
Although animals and plants inside the exclusion zone still show some effects of radiation, life is finding a way to adapt.
For example, frogs living inside the exclusion zone are darker than those outside, which may give them extra protection against radiation.
The total death toll is difficult to calculate, but the World Health Organisation estimates 4000 people will eventually die as a result of the accident, from cancers and radiation poisoning.
A 30 kilometre exclusion zone was put in place, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom have never been able to return.
The events of April 25th-26th 1986 are now well documented, despite the Cold War-era secrecy of the then Soviet Union.
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