13 Shadows of the Dead City

Shadows of the Dead City

Posted on April 26, 2013 by team


Chernobyl was left behind and now we are coming to another checkpoint. This is Lelyov – once it was a village with the popultaion of 1 000 people lying on the bank of the Chernobyl cooling pond, now it is the boundary of the 10 km exclusion zone, the territory that suffered from the accident most.

They do not like tourists here because they often bring problems. Many of visitors think it’s a cool adventure to be here, sometimes they get into troubles which can end rather tragically.

One girl from Moscow became a real queen of stupidity – she came to Pripyat to sunbathe. She underessed to a bikini and lay on the moss, right at the place of the highest background radiation. She was refusing to leave cause her friends allegedly had told her that Chernobyl tan would not be lost for a whole year, especially if she lies on the moss.

In the background is “Chernobyl-2″, “Duga” or Russian Woodpecker (called so because of the sound produced while working).

The radar station “Duga” is higher than 100 meters. It was intended for detection of ballistic missile launches and put into service not much earlier than the catastrophe happened. The complex was very expensive but worked only for a year, being abandoned and partially dismantled after the accident. Local workers rumour that one of the power units of the Chernobyl NPP worked exceptionally for powering of “Duga”.

Wildlife of the zone.

The area is really rich in animals. One can see huge herds of wild boars, sheatfish have become very big not because of radiation but because nobody goes fishing here and tourists feed it up. Roes, deer, hares and wolves roam freely in the zone.

However some change gives reasons for anxiety – insects have become much bigger, some beatles are half palm-sized.

The station itself – the source of life for some workers and the cause of death for others. The fourth power unit where the accident happened.

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13 Responses to “Shadows of the Dead City”

  1. Spartaaaaaaaaaaa! says:

    the “now and then” photos are interesting.

  2. wee says:

    Its not so much the now and then, as to the then, and now of people of those times.

    Young Moscow westernised
    brats of “then”, is certainty not the same but Russian hospitably remain the wherever you are.
    I simply love this country because is it as far as you can get from MCDonalds&Co. Wonderful people and real raw power against western zionazi hegemony….

  3. petrohof says:

    yes, the before and after make it a great article. it is very sad and even more sad that it did not have to happen, but did through stupidity and ignoring the great danger of running ‘tests’ on an active reactor. there were many more safe and reasonable ways to get the answers they wanted, but to do so was just so foolish.

  4. petrohof says:

    ‘So called Shadows of Hiroshima’

    i remember seeing the shadows of people on a bridge, bleached in concrete by the brightness of the blast.

  5. K@sey_yo says:

    Awesome collection of pictures, it’s really amazing to see such huge contrasts between the vintage and recent photos.

  6. wendy says:

    The city is no more than a tourist attraction. There’s no actual reason not to populate this area beside some myths about high radiation levels remain, which is totally untrue nowdays. Only idiots with no knowledge of radiation fear nuclear energy.

    • Osip says:

      For the most part, the background radiation is a non-issue, except for young people. The problem is the presence of highly radioactive particles which may become ingested or inhaled, to deliver their deadly dose of radiation over a long period. Such particles cause the cancer, not the radiation sickness. You are 20 and want to die of cancer? Go live in Chernobyl. Tourists have a low risk only because of where they are allowed to go and the short duration of their visit.

      • D says:

        yup. Uranium oxide is some nasty shit. It’s absorbed the same way air is in the body and is nearly impossible to get rid of. Added to that, irradiation damage is cumulative, so having it in your body makes the risk of cancer exponential.

    • petrohof says:

      yes, it is really quite safe now, YOU go live there. Radiation will stay in the Chernobyl area for the next 48,000 years but humans may begin repopulating the area in the next 600 years or so. The experts predict that by than the most dangerous levels of radiation will have disappeared or been sufficiently diluted into the air, soil, and water.

      • wendy says:

        People do live in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

        • imperial says:

          Yes, people have been able to rebuild Hiroshima and Nagasaki… but, the radiation emitted from the atomic bombs is entirely different than that which was released from the CNPP. The half-life is entirely different, and also must be taken into account: reactor 4’s radioactivity is still active. If the sarcophagus were to crack, or fail, right now and started pouring out radiation again – the whole area, in terms of radiation levels, would be back to how things were only a month after the explosion happened, hence the need for a new sarcophagus or containment structure.
          Chernobyl simply CAN NOT be compared to the atomic bombings of WW2. They’re drastically different disasters.

  7. Ed Lee says:

    These photos are very interesting to see the “before and after” of this region. We should all look at the “after” photos and realize this is what the world will look like after a global nuclear confrontation. Well, that is what is not destroyed by the nuclear blasts.

  8. javox says:

    totally agree the plant keep emitin radiation and nonone will able to stop it…thats why suck nuclear energy sometimes….so sad…what they planned was amazin…maybe one day ill be able to go visit this place =)

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