How many over the viewers of the Chernobyl TV series are aware the nuclear fallout seriously affected Wales?
Millions have watched Chernobyl, a mini TV series dramatising the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — and of the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster..
Dangerous radioactive clouds were blown from the Ukraine across Europe. In Wales nearly 10,000 farms and 4 million sheep were put under government restrictions.
In the days following the disaster heavy rain washed the radioactive onto fields in Wales. This was then absorbed by plants and went on to contaminate sheep that grazed on the land.
Ten years after the disaster – sheep in Wales were still failing radioactive tests. At the peak in 1987, nearly 23,000 sheep in Wales failed.
The blast from Chernobyl created deadly radioactive fallout larger than the Hiroshima bomb and it’s thought that thousands of people in Ukraine and the surrounding countries died as a result. The town of Chernobyl is still uninhabitable today.