HBO's miniseries Chernobyl, beats Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones to become the top trending show on IMDB in India. The show is based on a catastrophic nuclear disaster that took place in Chernobyl in 1986. This incident still remains one of the worst nuclear disasters that the world has ever seen. On that note, here are some interesting facts about the Chernobyl accident that are worth being aware of.
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded on April 26, 1986 around 1:23 AM when the no. 4 reactor overheated.
In order to take advantage of the government's compensation benefit, some families have returned to the affected area. Now, more than 5 million people live in contaminated areas with radioactive material from the accident.
This area has become one of the most unique wildlife sanctuaries in the world with thriving populations of deers, wolves, eagles, beavers and other animals.
The nearby forest was named the 'Red Forest' because the radiation leak caused the forest to turn into a bright ginger colour.
Chernobyl is now home to animals and some humans who work inside the tourist site but, no one is allowed to stay here for long. People who work in the tourist site work for 3 weeks and visitors aren't allowed to stay more than a few hours near the affected power station.