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Exclusion Zonein Chernobyl, Ukraine

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The most contaminated with radiation area around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was named a 30-kilometer exclusion zone.
Exclusion Zone, Chernobyl
After the Chernobyl disaster, residents within a radius of 30 kilometers from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant were evacuated. The nuclear power plant, the city of Pripyat and several nearby settlements entered the exclusion zone. This area was most polluted by radiation, although a large area of ​​contaminated territories remained outside the exclusion zone. Only the workers serving the station were allowed to enter here, but only under the strict supervision of dosimetrist and with all the relevant documents.

Exclusion Zone. 10 km zonePhoto: Exclusion Zone. 10 km zone, © Alexander Postalovsky

Over time, the exclusion zone became a nature reserve for rare animals such as the bear, lynx, Przewalsky's horse, otter and muskrat. You can see wolves, foxes, hares and wild boars freely walking along the abandoned streets of Pripyat.

Wild animals in the exclusion zonePhoto: Wild animals in the exclusion zone

Now people come to the exclusion zone to settle in abandoned houses to work, either in the zone itself or nearby. Now more than 500 inhabitants live here. Every year thousands of tourists come here searching for exceptional adventures, historians searching for truth and even drug addicts - according to police reports, the exclusion zone is a popular place for cultivation of cannabis.

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#8See ghost houses in the exclusion zone in ChernobylSee ghost houses in the exclusion zoneDarina

The exclusion zone is the most contaminated area around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

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#4Cruise on the ship to Chernobyl and PripyatCruise on the ship to Chernobyl and Pripyat

Get a sea of thrills from a boat trip to the lost world of a dead city.

UAH 335000/tour
#2One-day private tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from KievOne-day private tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from Kiev

One day in the Exclusion Zone and you will learn everything about this desolate tragical place.

UAH 1794+/person
#3Urgent one-day tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from KievUrgent one-day tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from Kiev

The most horrifying post apocalyptic picture of Chernobyl and Pripyat in one day

UAH 3999+/person

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#6USSR 16-story building in ChernobylUSSR 16-story building

One of the few sixteen-story buildings built in Pripyat. if you rise up here, you can see the city as on the palm of your hand.

#1Pripyat in ChernobylPripyat

A dead and long-neglected ghost town is widely known throughout the world after the tragedy that occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

#23KGB building in ChernobylKGB building

Shortly before the Chernobyl disaster, here, in Pripyat, located in a couple kilometers from the power plant, the construction of the KGB building began.

#27Morgue of MSCh-126 in ChernobylMorgue of MSCh-126

Morgue is located near by the Hospital MSCh-126. This is one of the most creepy and frightening places in the ghost town of Pripyat.

#3Abandoned cargo port in ChernobylAbandoned cargo port

In an old godforsaken quiet pier, on the sandy bank of the river, only a few rusty old port cranes remind that there was once a new cargo port.

#12Buryakovka machinery graveyard in ChernobylBuryakovka machinery graveyard

By the influence of time and weather, the surfaces of objects at the cemetery became rusty, look gloomy and sad.

#19Hospital MSCh-126 in ChernobylHospital MSCh-126

An eerie place, where all your body shivers - the hospital, which was the first to receive affected from the explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

#11Amusement park in ChernobylAmusement park

An amazingly tempting and simultaneously frightening place, which has become popular thank to many games and movies - is truly worthy of its reputation.

#15Canteen #19 in ChernobylCanteen #19

At the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant canteen comes station staf and separate groups of tourists and travelers.

#21Jupiter factory in ChernobylJupiter factory

In Soviet Union times Jupiter factory was a strictly secret facility. Officially it produced rollers rof tape mechanisms for common tape recorders.

#14NPP observation deck in ChernobylNPP observation deck

You can see the sarcophagus, which is covering the fourth reactor, and the other parts of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant right from here.

#7Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in ChernobylChernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

The Chernobyl disaster was the worst nuclear catastrophe in history. Now the deserted station is surrounded by Zone of Exclusion 30 kilometres radius.

Photo credit © Jaroslav Popelka