It was 1986. One April night changed the lives of millions of people. The explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant led to the destruction of the fourth unit. Radiation dispelled by the wind fell upon the inhabitants, who were not aware of the danger. The authorities were silent for nearly three weeks about the invisible killer hovering in the air. People were evacuated from the disaster area right away.
It's been 32 years. The 30-kilometer Exclusion Zone is overgrown with forests and myths, stories about mutants and zombies. What did radiation do to cities, villages, and forests? For a long time, the territory was closed to outsiders.
Chernobyl is the most inhabited city in the 30-km zone. About 4 thousand people live here, mostly in shifts. The city itself has located 12 km from the nuclear power plant. Now it is a concentration of life, and its inhabitants maintain the Zone in an environmentally safe state. There are almost no people on the streets of Chernobyl even on weekends. There are no supermarkets or entertainment centers. Only the most necessary: heat, hot water, a small shop.
Abandoned equipment and robots who participated in the elimination of the accident have become part of the memorial complex.
In the Exclusion Zone, there is another zone - 10 km. The most dangerous. To get there, you must cross the checkpoint "Leliv". After that, tourists are taken to Chernobyl-2.
The very heart of the exclusion zone is that sarcophagus. From there opens a view of the sparkling "arch" of the sarcophagus. The complex of facilities is so huge that the workers resemble ants. The weight of this structure is more than 25 thousand tons, and the height of the arch is over 100 meters! At the end of last year, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was covered with an arch. The radiation background near the station was halved.
You can see the model of the station itself, walk along the “golden corridor” passing through the building of the nuclear power plant. To see the block shields, the light bulbs of which once blinked fiercely, to visit the engine room affected by the fire during the disaster. And look into the heart of the power unit - the reactor shop.