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  • #31
    It's interesting to see this here, as I've also been considering a tour of the area (I can't quite explain why, but it's always fascinated me).

    Anyway, the tour guides generally let you get up to about 200m fromt the reactor building. There's videos on youtube of someone being shown around the unfinished cooling tower of reactor 5 (which was under construction at the time of the accident, nearly finished, and was planned to be brought online later that year).

    Concerning the radiation at the plant itself, it's interesting to note that the other reactors were brought back online a month or two after the initial cleanup was finished. Reactor 2 was subsequently decommissioned after it suffered a fire in the turbine hall, Reactor 3 was finally decommissioned due to international pressure in 2000. So the radiation at the plant is apparently not so great that people can't work there. (It's also worth noting that Reactor 1 suffered a partial core meltdown a few years prior to the explosion of 4).

    When pripyat was evacuated, the people were asked to leave their windows open, so you can expect to see a lot of broken glass in the town, and the structures are being destabilised due to vegetation encroachment (in fact, they won't be able to do these tours much longer).

    Due to rains, the radioactive dust has largely been washed off the roads and walkways, but is retained within the top 20cm of topsoil (it's estimated that seepage results in the contamination going deeper by about 1cm/year). The radioactive dust may also have accumulated in rooms without much wind circulation. The guide will likely insist you keep to the roads and only enter known-safe buildings.

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    • #32
      And no trying to bring a fieldmouse home. Chernobyl wild-life is Class A (the highest, or most dangerous) radioactive waste anywhere else.

      And that really gives the zoologists some fun

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      • #33
        Yeahoo!

        I'm also going to Chernobyl on April 3-rd!

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        • #34
          I live in Kyiv(Kiev whatever). I'm not so excited to see Chernobil, but i wish your tour will be commercial success and just exciting. Not so long ago i was in city where just 20-30% inhabitants left and infrastructure in poor state(broken roads, ruined buildings/fabrics,wild plants) this impacted me with frightening and deep experience.. very close to image displayed in movie "Stalker" based on brother Strugatski book.

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          • #36
            And here is an interesting description of the planned replacement sarcophagus.

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            • #37
              We've returned from the trip. I'm tired and Michael Larabel is probably going to sleep now. So I can get to write the first post-tour post

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              • #38
                Originally posted by Cyberax View Post
                We've returned from the trip. I'm tired and Michael Larabel is probably going to sleep now. So I can get to write the first post-tour post
                Just read Michael's article about it. Easily the most interesting thing I've read this week. Thanks!

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                • #39
                  my trip to Chernobyl, UA

                  Hi guys,
                  I just want to share some pics of mine with you, as I can tell I see some fans of Chernobyl Zone down here

                  check this out
                  http://okamihu.cz/gallery/ukraine/

                  and trailer for my movie:
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SKJKvnIyRw

                  na zdarovie!
                  Michael

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                  • #40
                    Originally posted by damianime View Post
                    Hi guys,
                    I just want to share some pics of mine with you, as I can tell I see some fans of Chernobyl Zone down here

                    check this out
                    http://okamihu.cz/gallery/ukraine/

                    and trailer for my movie:
                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SKJKvnIyRw

                    na zdarovie!
                    Michael
                    How long ago did you go to the exclusion zone? What did you do for a guide?



                    Where abouts in Pripyat is this hallway/building?



                    This is in the one main "community" building (its Soviet name escapes my mind at the moment) with the auditorium and behind it was the political posters and such... How did you get up this high though in the auditorium backroom?
                    Michael Larabel
                    http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                    • #41
                      The building is Prypiat Theathe, dont ask me how did I get there, it was difficult (climbing from bottom to roof etc.)

                      I was approx 6 hours in exclusion zone.

                      Comming back for sure, wanna spend much more time in prypiat, other places are more or less boring, but Prypiat is hit of my life.
                      Just send papers for permission, looking for bike rent and next plan is to stay there from evening till morning, I believe those approx 10 hours will completely change my view of fear and selfconfidence.


                      Originally posted by Michael View Post
                      How long ago did you go to the exclusion zone? What did you do for a guide?



                      Where abouts in Pripyat is this hallway/building?



                      This is in the one main "community" building (its Soviet name escapes my mind at the moment) with the auditorium and behind it was the political posters and such... How did you get up this high though in the auditorium backroom?

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                      • #42
                        Originally posted by damianime View Post
                        Comming back for sure, wanna spend much more time in prypiat, other places are more or less boring, but Prypiat is hit of my life.
                        Just send papers for permission, looking for bike rent and next plan is to stay there from evening till morning, I believe those approx 10 hours will completely change my view of fear and selfconfidence.
                        Yeah, I really want to go back there sometime to do some more exploring... Ideally with a different guide next time that will let me have more free control over going anywhere and spend maybe a couple days in the exclusion zone.
                        Michael Larabel
                        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                        • #43
                          I got in with group of people and guide. Than, after we arrived in Prypiat, I asked him to let me go, told him that I will pay extra money.
                          Didn't want anything and approved my request, so I went all by alone. And I was scared to death;]] The reason why is that while you're exploring buildings, there is always some noise, wailing wind, glass broking sounds, door claping. Even my sh.. was scared

                          But definetly worth every fear, must reccomend to everyone intrested in Prypiat - explore alone!

                          Originally posted by Michael View Post
                          Yeah, I really want to go back there sometime to do some more exploring... Ideally with a different guide next time that will let me have more free control over going anywhere and spend maybe a couple days in the exclusion zone.

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                          • #44
                            Originally posted by damianime View Post
                            I got in with group of people and guide. Than, after we arrived in Prypiat, I asked him to let me go, told him that I will pay extra money.
                            Didn't want anything and approved my request, so I went all by alone. And I was scared to death;]] The reason why is that while you're exploring buildings, there is always some noise, wailing wind, glass broking sounds, door claping. Even my sh.. was scared

                            But definetly worth every fear, must reccomend to everyone intrested in Prypiat - explore alone!
                            What was the tour guide / company you used?
                            Michael Larabel
                            http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                            • #45
                              Originally posted by Michael View Post
                              What was the tour guide / company you used?
                              Kiev Tour(SoloEast Travel), but I DON'T RECCOMEND THIS COMPANY!!!

                              Reason is, that they told us via email, that we will be alone in the group (me and my four friend) plus maximum two canadians. And the reality was, that we arrived to a meetpoint and the place was crowded with 50 stupid americans, who totaly destroyed the atmosphere, loud laughing, stupid jokes, they wanted to stop in every fucking place, literally we were stoping on every corner, I was SO FUCKING dissapointed, you have no idea.. and that's why I need to go there again, becouse of them, we had only 1 hour in Prypiat... I tried to tell to guide, he didn't listen.

                              To hell with SoloEast Travel company.

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