In the shadow of Chernobyl

FIVE hundred days from Japan bringing the world to the brink of nuclear apocalypse and as the world watches and waits for the final impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to be tolled visits a site where it all happened before.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is a series of technological failures, meltdowns and radioactive releases following the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

As the analysis of that disaster continues – there is one place that set a precedent a quarter of a century earlier.


At 1.23am, Saturday, April 26, 1986, an experiment in the number four reactor of the VI Lenin Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station was to go horribly wrong.

Human error during the experiment and technological backwardness caused the reactor to explode, releasing thousands of tonnes of radioactive material in a toxic cloud that would spread and engulf all of Europe.

Thirty-six hours later the evacuation of the 50,000 residents of Pripyat began.

What they left behind and the 30 kilometer zone, situated 60 kilometers from Ukrainian capital Kiev, that surrounds the abandoned city and reactor now form one of the world’s most intrepid and potentially dangerous tourist attractions.

This is Chernobyl and Pripyat.

It’s the computer games S.T.A.L.K.E.R and movie The Chernobyl Diaries brought to stark and clear reality.

(Photos and video).

6 Responses to In the shadow of Chernobyl

  1. Bryce says:

    GREAT photos, spooky place.

  2. stephglaser says:

    Wow, these photos are so eerie!! I vividly remember when the Chernobyl meltdown happened — I was a senior in high school and it was back when it was the US vs. the USSR. I remembered feeling like we just needed to forget about politics and superpowers and remember the human element and the tragedy of it all. Thank you for reminding us that this happened. Also, thank you for stopping by Travel Oops and liking the Friday Funny Sign!

  3. fgassette says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog.


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