The most interesting part about Chernobyl is that it really wasn’t that bad. Despite many news outlets falsely claiming upward of 30,000 people died, only 50 people actually died (more Americans die every day in car accidents).
The media estimated upward of 3.5 million would die from the nuclear fallout (delayed deaths). The actual number was less than 4,000.
The media predicted widespread environmental devastation, physical deformities, and birth defects; none of that came to pass. In fact, the environment is actually thriving where the meltdown occurred.