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The administrative center of controlling the radiation-dangerous territories alienated in 1986, the population of the town was about 13,000 people before the accident. The main facilities involved in maintaining the zone in an environmentally safe state are situated here.
Also the personnel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, guarding the territory of the 30-kilometer zone and control over the illegal entry of unauthorized persons into its territory are based here.
The over-the-horizon radar station (“Chernobyl-2”) is the most secret object of the Soviet Union, and was marked as a “summer camp” on all topographic maps of that time. For the distinctive sound in the air while working (knocking) was called "Russian Woodpecker". The height of the station is about 150 meters, length 800 meters. After the circumstances of 1986, it was frozen and exploitation was discontinued due to possible damage to electronic equipment.
The control of the secret object of the Soviet Union, which allowed tracking high-flying targets at a distance of 900 to 3000 kilometers in the circumpolar region, was carried out from the command center in the military town of Chernobyl-2. Employee had to have two passes to enter the facility which provided more control and security. The control panels, buttons, Soviet slogans and study rooms for training recruits are preserved here. There is a rumor it has kept the Soviet military secrets to this day.
Kopachi is an abandoned village at a distance of 4 km from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. At the time of the accident, the village was turned in the zone of the so-called "Western footprint" - one of the ways of moving radioactive emissions through the wind rose. The village was liquidated by complete burial due to the high level of radiation, the building of kindergarten is the only one survived. Kopachi village was even in the game "S.T.A.L.K.E.R .: Call of Pripyat." At the moment, the territory is uninhabited and has become a favorite place for different animals.
A relatively small section of a forest belt, about 10 square kilometers, assumed the largest share of the release of radioactive dust during the explosion. A powerful radiation leak "painted" the forest in a bright red color. Trees have helped people a lot at the cost of its lives, delaying dozens of tons of radioactive dust as a filter - the pine crown is very dense and well retains dust. One of the most unique places of the Chernobyl zone, where you can visually observe the effect of radiation on living organisms even today.
An explosion occurred during the project test completely destroyed the reactor at about 1:24 am, April 26, 1986. The leakage of radiation from an explosion equates to an explosion of 500 atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. And the distribution of reactive material was so large-scale that radioactive rain fell throughout Europe, and even in Ireland. According to various sources, from 600 to 800 thousand people took part in the aftermath from all over the USSR.
Cooling tower is one of the most effective devices for cooling water in circulating water supply systems. Unfinished cooling towers were intended for cooling nuclear reactors of the third stage of the Chernobyl NPP. If the 5th and 6th reactor had been launched, then the cooling pond capacity might not be enough. That was quite real, for example, in the hot summer and it was planned that cooling towers would be turned off in the winter time. The diameter of the base is 126 meters. The height of completed tower would be 150 meters.
Insulating arched structure above the destroyed by the accident 4th power unit of Chernobyl NPP. The cost of the project, which was invested by one of the companies of the French industrial group, amounted to 2.15 billion euros. It was necessary to solve a number of complex technical problems to implement the project, only the dismantling of the ventilation pipe between the 3rd and 4th power units costed $ 11.7 million. The arch has become the largest mobile ground structure, covering the outdated "Shelter", and should work for 70-100 years.
The abandoned city with a lot of radioactive fallout at a present. Dust firmly stuck into the ground, trees, houses. The city is overgrown with artemisia (lat.), which also grew in the vicinity before the accident. Empty buildings gradually come into disrepair under the influence of the environment. The oldest buildings of the city are destroyed most rapidly: for example, the building of the first secondary school, which collapsed in 2005 and had two collapses in 2013.
The non-functioning park is located in the center of Pripyat, behind the square with the buildings of the department store, the Energetik Palace of Culture and Polissya Hotel. The most famous object in the park is the Ferris wheel, which became one of the symbols of both Pripyat and the entire Chernobyl exclusion zone as a whole later. The wheel never worked; its launch was planned for May 1, 1986. The park is one of the heavily infected sites in Pripyat.
The multi-day excursion to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in an individual format has always been more interesting and informative than a simple group tour. In addition to such major locations as the ghost town of Pripyat, the “Duga” radar, location around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the town of Chernobyl, our best guides will show you the most exclusive places and secret objects of Soviet times, many of which are unknown to the average visitor. The advantage of this tour is that you adjust the program and the duration of the tour yourself.
Transfer, insurance, dosimeter, food, accommodation, a full package of documents allowing a visit to the Exclusion Zone, permission for photo/video filming and guide services. You can also go on a trip to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (extra 150 USD per person).
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I`m committed to the opinion that this is not a reactor that failed, but the whole previous value system.
Radiation background is different in different areas of the Exclusion zone - in some places it's near-zero, in others - quite high. That's why we've worked out special route that is absolutely safe to follow - some places here are even less radiated than in Kiev.
You don't need any special outfit, footwear or security features. You just need to wear long-sleeved clothes (T-shirts, shorts and slippers are not appropriate).
Actually, no. But if you doubt, choose option "Chemical protection suit". It protects from radiation and makes your pics more exotic.
No, you don't. But you can use your devices for radiation measurement or rent one of ours by picking option "Dosimeter".
We provide excursions in English, Russian and Ukrainian. If a group is multilingual the excursion is held in the language most people speak in, the main points of the excursion are translated into other languages. Anyway nobody will get bored - the Exclusion Zone is full of breathtaking places that are interesting to see and feel.
Yes, you can. As an official partner, we provide tours on a day-to-day basis and we can arrange the excursion even for tomorrow (in group or private).
The team of our professional guides has developed the most exclusive routes for each type of excursions that are absolutely safe and legal to visit.
Group format of the excursion is suitable for those who would like to see everything quickly, informative and interesting. For fans of the Exclusion Zone, a private tour is better to choose - you will see more, because of flexibility of the tour program and personal approach of our guides.
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