Winter in Chernobyl
TOKYO (majirox news) — These are some photos of the exclusion zone around Chernobyl, which were taken by a reporter who snuck in a few days ago to show how it looked in winter. The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident that occurred on April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine.
Chernobyl was the village where the reactors were constructed and a short distance away was the city of Pripyat, which had a population of around 100,000 before the nuclear disaster. It was as heavily hit as Chernobyl and is abandoned to this day.
The photos were taken in Pripyat by a reporter from Englishrussia.com.
This is how Pripyat looked before the disaster -- This is the city from a postcard put out a year or two before the nuclear accident. Because the reactors were being built there, the city was completely rebuilt as a showplace for a modern township.
This is how Pripyat looks today -- This is close to the same same place where the above photo was taken. Nature has run wild in the city, choking off and destroying the buildings. Streets and sidewalks are being rapidly overgrown as trees push up through the concrete.
Radioactive Merry Go Round -- This is the most dangerous place in Pripyat. This used to be a huge recreation ground for children, which was hit heaviest by the fallout from the reactor. In fact, the Ferris wheel is said to be the most radioactive and dangerous item in the entire area.
Radioactive Moss -- Here is some moss growing under the snow. It contains 15 times the acceptable level of radioactivity. It's safer to visit Pripyat in winter, as a rule, because the snow blankets the ground, which is still radioactive.