On April 26, 1986, the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant 100 km from Kiev on the Pripyat River was an unprecedented disaster with the emission of radiation in the northern hemisphere.
300,000 people were evacuated from an area of about 5,000 km² around the plant. The old power station was enclosed in a giant concrete sarcophagus, and part of the adjacent territory became the Chernobyl exclusion zone. For decades, the scientific community has maintained that animals and plants in the exclusion zone either died or mutated and became ill. However, recent studies have shown that the plant and animal world has become even more diverse than before the accident.