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A Belarusian scientist said whether there are mutants in the Chernobyl zone

MINSK, April 26There are no mutant animals in the exclusion zone after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, but one should not hunt in these places, said Pavel Veligurov, a researcher at the Scientific and Practical Center of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. A video recording of a scientist’s conversation with journalists is provided by Sputnik Belarus provides a video recording of a scientist’s conversation with journalists in its Telegram channel. mutations that usually occur under the influence of radiation are so fatal that the animal not only cannot be born, but can die in the womb,” Veligurov said.

Regarding hunting in the exclusion zone, the scientist noted that there were experiments in trying to organize hunting in the Polesie Radiation Ecological Reserve. “True, there was one big nuance that does not allow us to do this: almost all animals, in terms of the level of radiation contamination, could be equated to solid radioactive waste. That is, eating or at least hanging the captured trophy indoors is harmful to the person himself,” – he said.

According to Veligurov, “this hunted animal cannot even be thrown into the trash; it must be disposed of as solid radioactive waste.”

In the second half of the 20th century, several radiation accidents occurred in the former Soviet Union. The largest accident in terms of the scale of damage and consequences is the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP), located near the city of Chernobyl, Kyiv region. On April 26, 1986, an explosion occurred at the fourth power unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which completely destroyed the reactor. As a result of the accident, radioactive substances were released into the environment. Eight of the reactor's 140 tons of radioactive fuel ended up in the air. Other hazardous substances continued to escape as a result of the fire, which lasted nearly two weeks. People in Chernobyl were exposed to 90 times more radiation than the population of Hiroshima after the explosion of the atomic bomb.

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