Unraveling the Enigma: The History Behind Red Forest

The environment was also affected by the Chernobyl disaster. One place that got a lot of radiation was a forest near the power plant. Most of the trees died and turned a rusty red-orange color. That’s why it is called the Red Forest. 

On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl disaster happened at a nuclear power plant in Ukraine. This power plant consists of four reactors. On April 25, workers were doing tests to see how long the tribunes could keep spinning without electricity. But something went wrong during the test, and the reactor became unstable. Despite this, they proceed with the test, which results in a huge explosion. It spreads radioactive materials into the air. 

The rescue team quickly went to the area to control the fire and keep the radiation from spreading further. However, it wasn’t until April 28 that the public was informed about the disaster. Around 335,000 people had to leave their homes. A big area around the plant, about 19 miles wide, was closed off to keep people safe from radiation. 

Effects of Explosion

The explosion resulted in immediate fatalities, and many more succumbed to radiation sickness in the following days. Some 4000 people who survived might also face the risk of dying from radiation-related illness in the future. 

Even today, individuals who were exposed to radiation continue to experience health problems. They suffer from various issues, such as eye problems, hormonal imbalances, circulatory issues, and more growth in their bodies. 

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The Red Forest

The study by scientists reveals that despite being dead, the trees in Red Forest did not decompose as usual. It is because radiation also affects microbes and fungi, which help dead things break down. Consequently, the dead trees and leaves remain, making the Red Forest one of the most radioactive areas in Chernobyl. 

After the disaster, people had to clean up the contaminated areas. They were called liquidators and were firefighters, soldiers, and others. They worked hard to make the areas safe again, but it was dangerous work. Many liquidators got sick later because of the radiation. 

In 2015, there was a huge fire in the Red Forest for many days. It spreads radioactive particles into the air, which causes major issues. Then, in 2022, during the war between Russia and Ukraine, Russian soldiers drove through the forest without any protection. It made the radiation level go up even more. 

Despite all this, tourists can visit Chernobyl, including the Red Forest. But they have to stay in safe places and wear special clothes to protect themselves. 

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