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    Chernobyl…

    Where do I start!

    Had an awesome action packed beer drenched week-long trip in the zone. I took 1400 photos, and saw some amazing sites in Pripyat.

    I’m going to start with Chernobyl Nuclear power plant, as it is a once in a lifetime site. It is my first nuclear power plant (!) and although originally sceptical about radiation levels, the dose I received in my 3 hour visit should be acceptable. Our tour guide had worked at the plant for 26 years!

    There was, understandably, a vast amount of security and ID checks to enter the plant. Although the station is long decommissioned, there is still plenty of activity around here, and will be for the foreseeable future. We had a comprehensive briefing on the disaster before entry, then some security and were led to the new sarcophagus construction yard. Some more security & lengthy ID checks, dressed up in all lab coats, foot covers & hat, more security, then inside the nuclear power plant. An exceptionally long corridor linked the 4 reactors. Control rooms for each nuclear reactor on the left, and turbine halls on the right. Nuclear Reactor 2 control room was a real highlight. I have never seen so many buttons & dials. Radiation was surprisingly low here. Then on to the wall beside the reactor 4, which had the accident. The giger counter went bonkers. Moving swiftly on to Nuclear reactor 3 turbine hall, which was very impressive. Finally more security, and radiation checks, and the monument outside. An outstanding visit.

    I’ve got loads of photos of Pripyat, and the partially built reactor cooling tower for reactor 5, which was never finishsed. All to follow.

    Explored with the excellent company of Stig, Auntieknickers, The Lone Ranger & two non members.


    History

    The history is well documented on the net. In summary:

    The Chernobyl disaster happened on 26 April 1986, in Ukraine, former USSR.

    An explosion & fire released large quantiies of radioactive particles into the atmosphere over current day Ukraine & Belarus. It was the worst nuclear disaster in history. It is one of only two level 7 events (the other being Fukushima in 2011. To contain the contamination cost a lot money and a lot of lives. The other 3 nuclear reactors were restarted the same year, and were not decommissioned for some years later.




    The new sarcophagus






    Lets go inside.....



    the 800M long golden corridor
    Control rooms for each of the 4 reactors on the left. Turbine halls on the right





    REACTOR 2 CONTROL ROOM








    Sooo many buttons and dials




    This is the wall next to exploded reactor 4


    REACTOR 3 TURBINE HALL










    The power plant


    Lab coats & tripods


    Radiaton check







    Monument


    This is a model of exploded reactor no 4


    And this explains how the will move the new sarcophagus into position (best explained in the pictures!)

    Thanks for looking :)

    Black cat exploring company
    & LSD - Leicester Super Derpers

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    Great stuff mate, glad you had a good time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    Great stuff mate, glad you had a good time!
    Cheers Krela :)
    Was an awesome trip; very worth it.
    More photos to follow...
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    I look forward to them. :)

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    What a fantastic report wombat.that control room really is something else.I really hope I get here next year.
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Thats was a fantastic write up fella and wow - i suppose its the mecca of urban exploration.
    I have to ask - how much danger do you put yourself in when you visit a place like this - you here things like the place will be uninhabital for 300 years.
    I know only a few years ago restrictions on farm animals in this country were lifted as its was deemed safe to eat again although checks are still made.
    If you have that kind of thing happening here - it reall makes me wonder how dangerous it is being right in the eye of the storm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tazong View Post
    Thats was a fantastic write up fella and wow - i suppose its the mecca of urban exploration.
    I have to ask - how much danger do you put yourself in when you visit a place like this - you here things like the place will be uninhabital for 300 years.
    I know only a few years ago restrictions on farm animals in this country were lifted as its was deemed safe to eat again although checks are still made.
    If you have that kind of thing happening here - it reall makes me wonder how dangerous it is being right in the eye of the storm?
    They say there is sometimes more radiation in London in places than at pripyat
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeymutt View Post
    What a fantastic report wombat.that control room really is something else.I really hope I get here next year.
    Thanks Mikey :)
    The control room really was amazing

    Definitely worth the trip over
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    Quote Originally Posted by tazong View Post
    Thats was a fantastic write up fella and wow - i suppose its the mecca of urban exploration.
    I have to ask - how much danger do you put yourself in when you visit a place like this - you here things like the place will be uninhabital for 300 years.
    I know only a few years ago restrictions on farm animals in this country were lifted as its was deemed safe to eat again although checks are still made.
    If you have that kind of thing happening here - it reall makes me wonder how dangerous it is being right in the eye of the storm?
    Thanks mate :)
    Appreciate it

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeymutt View Post
    They say there is sometimes more radiation in London in places than at pripyat
    Mikey is right; inside the concrete buildings, radiation was surprisingly at background levels, 0.15 similar to the UK.

    That said, I had a giger counter with me some of the time, and you get used to where hot spots might be, and avoid them. Outside the kindergarten the vegetation spiked the radiation levels. Moss in particular holds radiation.
    The most notable hot spot was driving through the 'red forest' near the power plant, where even winding up the windows whilst passing through, the giger counter went bonkers for 2 minutes, (levels around 12-26) before returning to normal as we approached Pripyat.
    Inside the NPP; the control room was fine, but the wall next to the exploded reactor 4 - the giger counter was not happy.
    The highest reading I saw was nearly 80, a hot spot near unfinished Reactor 5.
    I would say 98% of my time was perfectly safe
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    That looked like a cracking trip and images to match,like everyone says the control panel room is f---ing awesome.Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

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