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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

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The fire brigade left from here to eliminate the Chernobyl disaster in April, 26 1986. All ten members of that brigade died from radiation.

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Before the catastrophe, Azure Swimming Pool was a very beautiful place. Here the townspeople and visitors of the city came to swim and relax.

Photo credit © Jaroslav Popelka