I thought this would fit the halloween season, and recently watched the latest Transformers movie, where they went to Chernobyl. This made all my memories of researching the disaster and the place resurface (I am a huge history nerd when it comes to that type of stuff that leaves a huge impact or a strange place). I also always wonder how many people really know about it and have seen the images from there, so today we have a large collection of strange, creepy and just eerie images of the empty city that seems to be lost as time marches on.
If you don’t know anything about Chernobyl then definitely check out the wiki page, it is truly an interesting read.
On 26 April 1986, at 01:23 (UTC+3), reactor four suffered a catastrophic power increase, leading to explosions in its core. This dispersed large quantities of radioactive fuel and core materials into the atmosphere and ignited the combustible graphite moderator. The burning graphite moderator increased the emission of radioactive particles, carried by the smoke, as the reactor had not been encased by any kind of hard containment vessel. The accident occurred during an experiment scheduled to test a potential safety emergency core cooling feature, which took place during the normal shutdown procedure.
From 1986 to 2000, 350,400 people were evacuated and resettled from the most severely contaminated areas of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. According to official post-Soviet data, about 60% of the fallout landed in Belarus.
This is what Chernobyl looks like today.
(for added creepy effect, imagine zombies inhabit this area – haha)
Not enough Chernobyl Goodness? Did I get you hooked? Well here are some other posts I found with a lot of awesome Photography as well as some great information on Chernobyl and it’s history. Good stuff!