TAG | Chernobyl
April 26, 1986, the most devastating accident at the nuclear power plant occurred. As a result, Pripyat, young and thriving Soviet city, was abandoned.
But its life goes on now in other forms – in forms of interesting and unexpected graffiti on the streets of a ghost town. Streets and avenues are almost completely overgrown with trees, the city is gradually destroyed.
Sarcophagus built over the fourth power unit of Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat deteriorates. The danger if it collapses is largely determined by how much radioactive material is inside it.
According to official data, the figure is 95% of what it was at the time of the accident. If it is correct, then the destruction of sarcophagus can lead to very high radioactive emissions. Photos: AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky
Kopachi is an abandoned village, located about 4 km from Chernobyl nuclear power plant on the right bank of the Pripyat River, in Ivankovsky district of Kiev region. It was a booming village in 1980s. April 26, 1986, after the accident at the station, the village was badly contaminated.
The village, located in the 10-kilometer zone of the Chernobyl exclusion, was eliminated by complete destruction; the remains of it were covered with earth. At the moment the territory is not inhabited.
This is what happens to the inhabitants of the river just after a few decades, if the river is not disturbed by people, and perhaps due to the excessive radiation.
The Earth without man would have been quite a busy place, and the Chernobyl zone as a whole, and in particular the Pripyat River, is an interesting object for such studies.
The exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in 1986-1987 called 30-kilometer zone, is a forbidden for free access area, contaminated with radionuclides as a result of explosion at Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Chernobyl zone includes the northern part of Ivankovsky district of Kiev region, where the power plant itself, the towns of Chernobyl and Pripyat are located; north of the Polesie district of Kiev region; as well as the part of Zhitomir region. The population of the area was evacuated. Photos by tov_sergeant.
The exhibition of “Chernobyl” museum located in Kiev is about the largest in the history of nuclear power accident – the accident at the fourth unit of Chernobyl nuclear power plant (Pripyat city) happened in April 1986.
The museum has the collection of about 7,000 exhibits – declassified documents, maps, photographs, objects of ethnic culture, personal belongings of people participated in liquidation of the disaster. The museum of Chernobyl was opened on April 26, 1992. It was dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the accident. Photos by lady-sumerki
Pripyat was home for people working at one of the largest in Europe nuclear power plants – Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The city was built close to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. The distance is about 100 km.
The population of the city was about 49,400 before the disaster (April 26, 1986). After the disaster Pripyat was abandoned, all the residents were evacuated. Today it attracts tourists and scientists from all over the world.
Let’s see how Pripyat looks today in freezing weather and covered in snow. Photos by Sergei Nagorny.
The Chernobyl accident is the destruction of the fourth power unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (Pripyat city) in April 26, 1986.
The destruction was of an explosive nature, the reactor was completely destroyed, large quantities of radioactive substances were released into the air. The accident is regarded as the largest of its kind in the history of nuclear energy.
Interesting HD tour through closed Chernobyl Zone showing the present look of the disaster site and the surrounding area.
Today the world is marking the 25th anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in history happened in Chernobyl. Press photographer Igor Kostin was the first professional press photographer who began to work at the accident site at Chernobyl.
Igor Kostin captured more than five thousand photographs of the Chernobyl disaster and its aftermath. He received more than five maximum allowable doses of radiation. Here are several of his works.