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UKR: Chernobyl

CHERNOBYL, UKRAINE - JUNE, 2006: The mushrooms, abundant in the area, are heavily contaminated, containing caesium in particular, which dwells in the surface layer of the earth, June 1, 2006 in the Chernobyl exclusion zone, Ukraine. With the disappearance of man in the exclusion zone, nature has regained its liberty. Fauna in the exclusion zone is particularly rich, and includes elks, wild boars, reindeers, wild horses, wolves, mice, and fish. The wildlife does not seem to be affected by the contamination, however the consequences of Chernobyl can be truly measured by looking at their DNA. (Photo by Patrick Landmann/Getty Images)

Chernobyl today

Twenty-seven years on from the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, a look at life inside the exclusion zone. The Chernobyl disaster that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine is considered to be the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. The official Soviet casualty count of 31 deaths has been disputed, and long-term effects such as cancers and deformities are still being accounted for.