Kyshtym disaster

Nine years after the catastrophe, the East Ural Nature Reserve was established in the zone of radioactive contamination.

An excerpt from the article 42 facts about Kyshtym disaster

The area of the reserve is 166.16 square kilometers. On its territory, the radiation index is still high. It is forbidden to hunt animals or collect berries and mushrooms, as well as any agricultural activity is prohibited, but this ban is often violated.

Some 217 species of birds are currently found there, including the bald eagle and the gray heron.