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My Tour to The Dead Ghost City – Pripyat and Chernobyl – 30 years since it happened

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My Tour to The Dead Ghost City – Pripyat and Chernobyl

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By Eric Laval

 

I was sitting outside my hotel in Kiev waiting for the mini bus and the guide that was going to get me safe thru the deadly radiation. I went thou my stuff once more. Pas port and all the papers I needed to get access in the deadly zone.

I had a got a list over things to follow:

This was myTour Schedule:

  • Duration of the Chernobyl and Pripyat tour: 1 day – leaving Kyiv at 9:00 in the morning and returning to Kyiv at 6:00 in the evening. (Optional: visiting the Chornobyl Museum in Kiev the day before the tour.)
  • Kiev – Chernobyl. Passing Dytyatky, at the border of the 30-km Chornobyl zone.

 

  • Arrival at the town of Chernobyl. Meeting with the authorities of “Chernobyl Interinform” agency.

  • Transfer to the village of Leliyov. Passing the 10-km zone border.

  • Transfer to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station and sightseeing of Reactor 4.

  • Visit to Pripyat (Prypiat). Sightseeing of “The Dead (Ghost) Town”.

  • Stop nearby the “Red Forest”.

  • Return to Chernobyl. Lunch. (Food is delivered from outside of the Chernobyl zone.)
  • Visit to the Chernobyl Scientific Center: physical and radiochemical laboratories,  other.

  • Visiting the Opachychi village, meeting with “re-settlers”, people who have moved back to their villages after evacuation (optional).

  • Passage through the Dytyatky Control Point. Measuring of radiation.

Return to Kiev at around 6 p.m. 

 

The bus arrived at time and it was about 2 hours drive from Kiev.

While we where driving they showed a film of the disaster and gave us our last instructions about safety. ” Do not go outside the asphalt . The grass and soil contains high levels of radiation ”

Who will forget such a warning ?

I looked at my yellow Geiger Counter I just got. This thing was going to warn me about my safety and tell me when I am in danger ? A Life guard…. Strange. I remember what they just said on the TV about radiation ” You cant feel it. Its just a silent killer “

I looked out the bus window. Here outside Kiev everything was so green. Big fields and trees in blooming Such a contrast to where we where going.

I was told that this year is  the last for visiting the reactor and Pripyet. Why? They are going to build a shield around reactor 4.While working on that they will not allow visitors.

We have arrived at our first chechpoint.

Chernobyl

 

The first chechpoint Warning signs A barrier across the road and army men stopping you going any further. As they check our passports and documentations It was a chance to stretch our legs and have a look around. This was the 30km radius checkpoint. From here the town of Chernobyl is 22km north

The first chechpoint Warning signs A barrier across the road and army men stopping you going any further. As they check our passports and documentations It was a chance to stretch our legs and have a look around. This was the 30km radius checkpoint. From here the town of Chernobyl is 22km north

 

The road was kept in good shape No wonder no traffic here.. No one would chace you if you drive 100 mph We where first visiting the Reactors in Chernobyl

The road was kept in good shape No wonder no traffic here.. No one would chace you if you drive 100 mph
We where first visiting the Reactors in Chernobyl

 

After driving in about 10 minutes we came close to Reactor 5. They left it as this and never finished it.. The water, in front of the picture, never got under 40C while the reactors was was in use. It was the water cooling system to the plants. Today it is deadly water with some strange fish in it.

After driving in about 10 minutes we came close to Reactor 5. They left it as this and never finished it..
The water, in front of the picture, never got under 40C while the reactors was was in use. It was the water cooling system to the plants. Today it is deadly water with some strange fish in it.

 

Behind me is Reactor 4. My distant to the reactor is about 120 meters.. Inside it there is enough radioactivity to kill 50 million people. It was strange thinking how many people died and most of Europe polluted from this small building by a human error. Still today people die or get sick from this accident

Behind me is Reactor 4. My distant to the reactor is about 120 meters.. Inside it there is enough radioactivity to kill 50 million people. It was strange thinking how many people died and most of Europe polluted from this small building by a human error. Still today people die or get sick from this accident

 

This walls seals all the radiation inside. Still it leaks deadly radioactivity

This walls seals all the radiation inside. Still it leaks deadly radioactivity

 

Let us check with the Geiger Counter to see how much radiation here is….. I do not want to stay here long. We move to Pripyat “ The Ghost Town “

Let us check with the Geiger Counter to see how much radiation here is….. I do not want to stay here long.
We move to Pripyat “ The Ghost Town “

 

The Dead (ly ) Ghost City – Pripyat

Pripyat was founded on February 4th, 1970. The main reason for the city foundation was construction and further exploitation of Chernobyl nuclear power plant – one of the largest in Europe – which gave the reason to call Pripyat a city of nuclear power professionals. Pripyat became the ninth nuclear power city in the Soviet Union.

The population of the city was 47,500 (in November 1985), it was the last census held before evacuation. Originally Pripyat was planned for 75,000-78,000 people.

Pripyat was a convenient transportation juncture in Polesye area due to railway station Yanov located rather close, a landing stage on the river Pripyat and highways.

The population of Pripyat was evacuated on April 27th, 1986, due to Chernobyl accident. A new town-sputnik Slavutich was built about 50 km from the nuclear power station for the staff working at it.

Pripyat is known all over the world for Chernobyl disaster happened at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The population of the city was about 49,400 before the disaster (April 26, 1986). After the disaster Pripyat was abandoned. The city is known as ghost city now.

More about the Reactor explotion

We pass the remains of the Red Forest where all the trees in this area turned a ginger-brown colour after absorbing high levels of radiation before dying a few weeks later. Today the forest is back to a ‘healthier’ shade of green and the only thing to show the old forest was there are mounds of concrete were the old pine trees were buried by the liquidators.

We pass over the railway bridge and our final check point to one of the most interesting places I’ve been to. The ghost town of Pripyat.

Pripyat was the town built for the workers of the power stations, it was named Pripyat after the river that runs next to it. Built in 1970 it has everything a communist could ever want in a modern city. Straight Roads, statues of Lenin and ugly soulless buildings. When the town was evacuated the residents were told that they were only going to be away for a maximum of 3 days and to only pack a few belongings. No one ever returned back to Pripyat and their belongings remain there rotting away.

 

Pripyat

" The Read Forrest " You dont wanna go there.....

” The Read Forrest ” You dont wanna go there…..

 

This picture is taken from the top of The Hotel roof showing a Ghost Town. Its so silent here… only a few birds and the wind bending the trees. Everything is left as the day pople lived here. It is scary

This picture is taken from the top of The Hotel roof showing a Ghost Town. Its so silent here… only a few birds and the wind bending the trees. Everything is left as the day pople lived here. It is scary

 

The nature has taken over...Everything that reminds me of human life is dead here...

The nature has taken over…Everything that reminds me of human life is dead here…

Behind me you see the school . The high building with the big Soviet sign was the hotel

Behind me you see the school . The high building with the big Soviet sign was the hotel

 

Everything grows wild. Untouched by by humans. All grass and treesc ontaining highradiationlevelsthat areveryharmful

Everything grows wild. Untouched by by humans. All grass and treesc ontaining highradiationlevelsthat
areveryharmful

 

Most of the houses looked l like this

Most of the houses looked l like this

 

Once a Phone Booth

Once a Phone Booth

 

Some old Soviet signs remains too

Some old Soviet signs remains too

 

Let us check with the Geiger Counter again to see how much radiation here is… It seems ok to get inside the buildings

Let us check with the Geiger Counter again to see how much radiation here is… It seems ok to get inside the buildings

 

Hotelentrance

Hotelentrance

 

This is the lobby of the hotel...The elevator doors is in amazing good shape

This is the lobby of the hotel…The elevator doors is in amazing good shape

 

Inside the hotel. I would not sit on that chair if I where you.....

Inside the hotel. I would not sit on that chair if I where you…..

 

We have moved inside the school. This is all the books from the library Dusty and deadly

We have moved inside the school. This is all the books from the library Dusty and deadly

 

Among them we found old history books from the Soviet time......

Among them we found old history books from the Soviet time……

 

The brand new swimming pool in the school was never used.

The brand new swimming pool in the school was never used.

 

Proppaganda posters to be used 1 th of May

Proppaganda posters to be used 1 th of May

 

A childs shoe Just left there among the books......

A childs shoe Just left there among the books……

 

3 Bottle of milk left in a hurry...

3 Bottle of milk left in a hurry…

 

In all this mess... a teddy bear I wonder what story that could tell...

In all this mess… a teddy bear I wonder what story that could tell…

 

Noone of the childrens gas masks was ever used.

Noone of the childrens gas masks was ever used.

 

One of the most known attraction in Pripyat is the Ferris Wheel. Now they call it "The Wheel Of Death " That was build as a part of an amusement park for children. It was supposed to open May 1th 1986 but everyone had left the city that date For trying to survive

One of the most known attraction in Pripyat is the Ferris Wheel. Now they call it “The Wheel Of Death ” That was build as a part of an amusement park for children. It was supposed to open May 1th 1986 but everyone had left the city that date For trying to survive

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