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.


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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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