Animal life in Chernobyl is thriving, not because the radiation is gone, there’s still a lot of it, but because there’s barely any humans living in that area.
A firefighter at Chernobyl, Vladimir Pravik, reportedly had his eye colour change from brown to blue from the immense dose of radiation he received. And that was the least of his worries.
There are about 100 people, mostly elderly women, that currently live in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
Trees in the red forest, a forest in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, are not decaying because organisms that recycle organic matter suffer from radiation as well.
Three fungi species were found near Chernobyl that appear to convert gamma radiation into chemical energy.
A mysterious young woman known only as “Bionerd23” has spent the last couple of years wandering around the destroyed nuclear plant at Chernobyl, ignoring the radiation danger and occasionally eating radioactive apples. Despite her dozens of YouTube videos, no one seems to know who she is.
The Soviet Union did not admit that a reactor had exploded at Chernobyl until nearly 3 days after radiation from the disaster set off alarms at a nuclear plant in Sweden 1000 km away.
Slovak agriculture scientists grew soy beans in the irradiated zone of Chernobyl to see how they would adapt. The plants adapted within a single generation, producing more protective proteins, including one that is known to help protect human blood from radiation.
There are molds growing inside the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant that “feed” on gamma radiation.
The area surrounding Chernobyl “will not be safe for human life again for another 20,000 years“.