Touring Chernobyl a generation later

Abandoned structures, ghost towns and radioactive animals

Touring Chernobyl and the surrounding areas has always been an item on my bucket list. I’ve watched almost every documentaries about the disaster, the after effects and lessons learned.

Strangely, some of my closest friends had the same interested in visiting Chernobyl, so we decided to meet in Kiev and embarked on an amazing journey that took us through the history of the events of April 1986 and into ground zero.

Even after 30 years of clean up, much of the area has been untouched due to the slow decay of the radioactivity. The animals run wild, all tagged to track their movements and population as nature begins to reclaim the ghost town that was once a bustling city.

Duga Radar Station

Chernobyl, Ukraine

Duga radar station in Chernobyl is an abandoned soviet-era over-the-horizon (OTH) anti-ballistic missile early-warning network which shuttered 3 years after the Chernobyl explosion.

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Chernobyl, Ukraine

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (ChNPP) was commissioned in 1977 and experienced a massive explosion of reactor 4 in 1986 which exposed the immediate areas to high doses of radiation and spread radioactive fallout throughout Europe.

Pripyat

Pripyat, Ukraine

Pryp’yat was established in 1970 and now known as the famous ghost town which evacuated overnight after the 1986 explosion of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

Interesting fact that I learned while touring Chernobyl: The New Safe Confinement structure effectively contains the radioactivity of reactor 4 so well that standing outside of the structure for 8-hours would yield exposure to less radiation a passenger receives flying to Kiev.

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