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As we wrap up on the brilliant #Chernobyl. We'll leave you with further facts from the disaster:
1. Chernobyl released at least 100 times more radiation than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
2. The United Nations-backed Chernobyl Forum predicted that the accident would claim up to 4,000 lives in total, whereas Greenpeace put the number at 93,000. The official Soviet death toll is 31.
3. Sweden was the first to alert the world to the accident, when their nuclear scientists detected high levels of particular radiation, two days after the explosion and after the Soviets attempted a cover-up.
4. After reactor 4 exploded, reactors 1, 2 and 3 continued to operate at the power station, despite their design flaws. The last reactor closed in 2000.
5. Wildlife in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl has thrived since the evacuation. Despite various genetic abnormalities due to the radiation affecting them, without humans there has been a huge increase in moose, red deer, wolves, lynx, bears and eagles as well as plant life.
6. 9,000 British farms were placed under restrictions, 375 still in place with land still monitored by FSA. Sheep in these areas still have to be checked by government when sold. £1.30 compensation per affected sheep, same as in 1986.
7. The economic damage of the disaster is estimated at $235 billion.
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