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Yumei #1 Posted May 12 2014 - 00:13

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Chernobyl was left behind and now we are coming to another checkpoint. This is Lelyov – once it was a village with the popultaion of 1 000 people lying on the bank of the Chernobyl cooling pond, now it is the boundary of the 10 km exclusion zone, the territory that suffered from the accident most.

They do not like tourists here because they often bring problems. Many of visitors think it’s a cool adventure to be here, sometimes they get into troubles which can end rather tragically.

One girl from Moscow became a real queen of stupidity – she came to Pripyat to sunbathe. She underessed to a bikini and lay on the moss, right at the place of the highest background radiation. She was refusing to leave cause her friends allegedly had told her that Chernobyl tan would not be lost for a whole year, especially if she lies on the moss.

The radar station “Duga” (Chernobyl-2, The Russian Woodpecker) is higher than 100 meters. It was intended for detection of ballistic missile launches and put into service not much earlier than the catastrophe happened. The complex was very expensive but worked only for a year, being abandoned and partially dismantled after the accident. Local workers rumour that one of the power units of the Chernobyl NPP worked exceptionally for powering of “Duga”.

Wildlife of the zone.

The area is really rich in animals. One can see huge herds of wild boars, sheatfish have become very big not because of radiation but because nobody goes fishing here and tourists feed it up. Roes, deer, hares and wolves roam freely in the zone.

However some change gives reasons for anxiety – insects have become much bigger, some beatles are half palm-sized.

The station itself – the source of life for some workers and the cause of death for others. The fourth power unit where the accident happened.

The construction that began in 1967 used to be called an “all-union”, “Komsomol”, “progressive” one

However there were some delays in the process of the construction. By the moment of the catastrophe the Chernobyl NPP was the largest one in the Soviet Union, its total capacity was 4000 MW, the fifth and sixth power units were being actively built. At the moment of the accident it was ready for 80%. They still look they way they did in April 26th, 1986.

There is an observation point usually visited by all tourists here. They can see the fourth exploded power unit which was covered by the sarcophagus seven months later after the accident, and the monument to the victims of Chernobyl.

This object called “Shelter” is turning twenty seven this year. The huge structure which required 400,000 cubic meters of concrete is decaying today. The sarcophagus locked in 200 tons of radioactive corium, 30 tons of highly contaminated dust and 16 tons of uranium and plutonium. In 1996 it was deemed impossible to repair the inside of the sarcophagus as radiation levels were estimated to be as high as 10,000 röntgens per hour (normal background radiation in cities is usually around 20-50 microröntgens per hour, and a lethal dose is 500 röntgens over 5 hours). A decision to replace the sarcophagus with the New Safe Confinement was taken, and a project to reconstruct the enclosure is underway.

The international project should provide safety for the local population, personnel and environment and optimal functioning of the “Shelter” object for the next 100 years. The work is planned to have been finished by 2015, according to some data its cost is almost one billion euros. (+/- 1,38 billion Dollars)

 


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Winterpwner #2 Posted May 12 2014 - 00:17

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It's ironic, isn't it? The one place that had caused so much devastation and loss of life, Chernobyl, is now teeming with wildlife reclaiming the exclusion zone.

 

Thanks Yumei, for bringing us this article.



virus_SHAME #3 Posted May 12 2014 - 00:18

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Place is haunting, spooky, yet it seems like a place I'd want to check out.

SdKfz252 #4 Posted May 12 2014 - 00:18

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View PostItsumi_Erika_, on May 11 2014 - 19:18, said:

Place is haunting, spooky, yet it seems like a place I'd want to check out.


3SPOOPY5ME.



virus_SHAME #5 Posted May 12 2014 - 00:22

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View PostSdKfz252, on May 11 2014 - 16:18, said:


3SPOOPY5ME.


I spoop'd my pantsu.



Yumei #6 Posted May 12 2014 - 00:22

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Not far from the Chernobyl NPP is a railway station Yanov. It’s the very place from where many citizens of Pripyat were evacuated in April, 27-28th, 1986. Since then the station had not been used for a long time and the railway equipment affected by radiation was left there too.

Yanov is a dangerous place, tourists are rare here, they usually observe it from the nearest bridge.

The station is slowly reviving. Some part of the railway was reconstructed, cargoes needed for the sarcophagus construction are regularly transported here.

People rumour that after the explosion in April, 26th, there was an amazing light over the station, and many people came here to see it closer: mainly women and children – they all received a lethal dose of radiation.

This bridge is called “the bridge of death” and is associated with different legend

"Kvass"

“Hello, the city of nuclear power plant builders!”

The new city for those who worked at the station was started to be built in February, 4th, 1970. It was growing rather fast. In 1972 it was called “Pripyat”.

 

 



Winterpwner #7 Posted May 12 2014 - 00:23

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View PostSdKfz252, on May 11 2014 - 19:18, said:


3SPOOPY5ME.

 

Now you've done it.

 

Thread Hijack in progress...

 

 

 



Yumei #8 Posted May 12 2014 - 00:24

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View PostWinterpwner, on May 11 2014 - 23:17, said:

It's ironic, isn't it? The one place that had caused so much devastation and loss of life, Chernobyl, is now teeming with wildlife reclaiming the exclusion zone.

 

Thanks Yumei, for bringing us this article.

Not done quite yet, I accidently deleted half of the post when it gave me the warning that I had too much pictures. I'll have to do it in stages. Today and tomorrow.



SNIPRS #9 Posted May 12 2014 - 00:29

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Cool, nice to know that people are doing something good for the environment for a change...

Yumei #10 Posted May 12 2014 - 00:29

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They planned to build such a sports complex and call it “Uranium”.

Like any other Soviet city, Pripyat represented one huge dwelling area built up with 5-16 storey houses.

The city of the wonderful socialistic future.

Today this place looks like this…

It took only fifteen years to build a full-fledged city for 50 thousand people with everything they needed for comfortable life

While the construction they tried to preserve the forests growing on the territory of Pripyat, decorated houses and streets with mosaic, stained-glass windows, sculptures. On the 1st of May they wanted to open a new amusement park which didn’t have a chance to start working.

 



Yumei #11 Posted May 12 2014 - 00:34

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The city was young as well as its population. Workers of the NPP had good salaries by Soviet standards. On the old pictures streets of Pripyat were full of children.

Where are these little football players today?

For those who knew the city before the accident it’s hard to see what it has turned into…

“The House of Books”.

The same building twenty seven years later.

“Peoples Friendship Monument” then…

And now…

Another checkpoint is guarded by two persons in uniform.

 

Since I live in Europe and its past bed time :P I'll stop here. I'll post more tomorrow. 

I hope you people like this.

 


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cool, very good read although one thing wasn't exactly true. the beatle they tanked about has always about the size of a hand, and in not due to radioactive exposure (and i'm pretty Shure that that just radioactivity makes things bigger, I think that was a myth originated  by comic books).

Vashts #13 Posted May 12 2014 - 01:28

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get out of here stalker

 

(also +1 for very cool pictures.)



Merc_Scar #14 Posted May 12 2014 - 06:49

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Chernobyl and Pripyat are the sort of places that seem like if you went to you'd think you could hear the voices of the past whisper to you.

Moreover the exclusion zone provides us with a look into what our civilizations would look like if humanity just disappeared tomorrow.

The writing on the monument to the Liquidators just outside the CNPP. May they never be forgotten.



Blitzkonig_Hawkish #15 Posted May 12 2014 - 13:07

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reminds me i gotta finish those stalker games.......





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