Ukraine Chernobyl-Pripyat Tour

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So scary trip… We visit the abandoned hotel, cultural center, amusement park and hospital. Looking bus and train station, a marina, football field, schools, kindergartens, swimming pool, police and fire stations, military factory Jupiter. On the way back visit of cooling towers fully built 5th and 6th block of the nuclear power plant, a photo shoot in fully built reactor and the sarcophagus itself in an explosion of the reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Pripyat, the town closest to the reactor is only 3 km away and was home to 49,000 residents before the disaster, mostly the families of the plant workers. The city of Chernobyl is only 4 km to the south of the reactor. High radiation levels forced the evacuation of more than 100,000 people from the region surrounding Chernobyl, but although about 700 residents have since returned to live in the region, none have reoccupied the actual town of Pripyat.

Pripyat is a freeze-frame of 1980s Soviet life. Propaganda slogans still hang on walls, and children’s toys and other items remain as they were. But buildings are rotting, paint is peeling and looters have taken away anything that might have been of value. Trees and grass are eerily reclaiming the land. Today, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is a tourist destination. In 2002, it opened for tourism, and in 2004 there were 870 visitors.
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident occurred on April 26, 1986. It was the largest nuclear energy disaster in history. The explosion took place in the fourth block of the Chernobyl power plant, located only 120 km from the capital of Ukraine – Kiev, close to the border with Belarus.

Radioactivity started to radiate out of the destroyed and burning fourth reactor of Chernobyl power plant, which contaminated both the near and far environment. The investigation of Chernobyl disaster was officially closed with a result that the personnel of the power plant did not follow the necessary safety regulations. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant was just the beginning of an aftermath that re-wrote not just the safety rules in nuclear energy, but also the history of mankind. Radioactivity started to radiate out of the destroyed and burning fourth reactor of Chernobyl power plant, which contaminated both the near and far environment.

The first step in liquidation of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl was extinguishing the burning reactor hall and the roof of turbo-generator’s hall. Special power plant fire department, together with firemen from the nearby town of Chernobyl, extinguished the fire within three hours after the explosion. Yet, in the heart of the reactor, graphite was still burning…

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