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Type and effects of the radiation released

More than 40 different radionuclides escaped from the stricken reactor, notably in the first ten days following the accident.

Wildlife defies Chernobyl radiation

It contains some of the most contaminated land in the world, yet it has become a haven for wildlife - a nature reserve in all but name.
The exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station is teeming with life.

At 01 hr 23 min 49 sec Moscow time on April 26, 1986, the world’s worst-ever nuclear disaster occurred at Power Generation Unit No.4 of the Chornobyl NPP.

At 01 hr 23 min 49 sec Moscow time on April 26, 1986, the world’s worst-ever nuclear disaster occurred at Power Generation Unit No.4 of the Chornobyl NPP. As a result, the reactor core was destroyed completely, and almost all its supporting structures were severely damaged.