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Chernobyl Years Later


Pripyat - Ukraine

Pripyat - Ukraine (Photo credit: nertog - Walk With Me)

On April 26, 1986 a nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine. There was an explosion  and the graphite moderator was exposed to the air. The moderator caught fire and large amounts of radioactive materials were released into the atmosphere.

Thousands of people were relocated because of the radiation – and entire towns and cities were abandoned. The city of  Pripyat was built to house the Chernobyl workers and their families. I was randomly browsing when I came across a website dedicated to the city – and to the virtual community of the residents in exile. Their homes forbidden to them.

Prypiat School

Prypiat School (Photo credit: Blacklili)

http://pripyat.com/en is the site. There are galleries of the town in the past and as it is now. There is a strange beauty to the abandoned buildings and empty streets.

http://pripyat.com/en/monitor displays the current radiation levels in areas around Chernobyl – and compares to some other major urban centres. Pripyat has more than double the normal levels of radiation.

Chernobyl radiation map from CIA handbook, svg...

Chernobyl radiation map from CIA handbook, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is rather fascinating is  the fact that one can actually book a tour of the area: http://stayinkiev.com/en/Chernobyl-Tour . There are some incredible photos in this site – not my kind of tour with those levels of radiation.

Prypiat

Prypiat (Photo credit: Blacklili)

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11 responses

  1. […] Chernobyl Years Later (merlinspielen.com) Like this:LikeBe the first to like this post. […]

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    1. Thanks for posting the link – I have had a few visitors via your site! And I have enjoyed browsing through your amazing photos…

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  3. 😦 😦 life is so hard on some.. Almost makes me feel like complaining is a sin.

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    1. Complaining is allowed. Feeling sorry for ourselves is the sin.

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      1. wow! Thanx for this new point of view!

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      2. I cannot claim it as anything original. Complaining is simply saying what one doesn’t like, or saying how one feels. If we do not voice our likes and dislikes, do not share out feelings, we are incomplete. No one will ever know us. That is healthy complaining. If the complaint becomes “Everything bad happens to me” or “nobody knows how bad I have it.” well that is just feeling sorry for ourselves. If something truly is that bad then we need to charge and change things. Make other choices. Our world is what we think it is.

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      3. voicing likes or dislikes, is it called complaining?

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      4. Well on the “dislike” part is a complaint in its original intent. Liking something is not a complaint but a complement. Unless perhaps one says it as “I would really like it if you we did this another way…”

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      5. hmm.. Right u are!
        I just never thought of this thing so deeply. 🙂

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