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Chernobyl

Exclusion zone

Story by Filip van Harreveld September 9th, 2017

exclusion zone

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Entering the 30KM zone first checkpoint

Normal radiation level in a industrial city is around .13 µSv.

A good radiation comparison chart: https://xkcd.com/radiation/

first signs of higher radiation for us. Near the water.

30KM zone

Now a safer zone of the exclusion zone. Lots of wild life and nature taking over.

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Дуга radar station

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duga_radar

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inside the Duga radar station

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Aquarelle paintings of the known nuclear missiles with the variables that the radar station would pick up
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Sight of the new sarcophagus and halted construction of a new reactor

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10km zone - pripyat

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on top of the highest flat in pripyat

16 floors, no elevator but so worth it. Nature taking over.

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Chernobyl power plant by night

End of day 1. Leaving the exclusion zone with the train that transports the workers to Slavutich. 45min with the train.

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Day 2 - pripyat

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Supermarket

Kindergarden

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gasmasks

Gasmasks from the school collected by looters for copper. All pupils needed to learn how to put up a gas mask.

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Jupiter factory

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pool

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Scariest thing seen

The scariest thing I have seen in Chernobyl, a piece of clothing in the hospital that a fireman was wearing while trying to put out the fire in the plant straight after the explosion. This piece of clothing is still highly radioactive 30 years later. One of the most dangerous hotspots in the Chernobyl exclusion zone that you can access. Meter went up to over 1000µSv when holding close.

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Radiation check machines. Mandatory when leaving or entering the plant.
Lunch in Chernobyl power plant canteen.
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Down the hallway inside the Chernobyl power plant

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Footnote: 2 day trip to Chernobyl exclusion zone
Tsjernobyl, Oblast Kiev, Oekraïne