We often hear that the zone is safe. When you visit with a guide who forbids you to enter any buildings, you don't have to worry about, of course. The ban on entering the buildings, preceded by an earlier ban on going onto the roofs, is slowly becoming the norm for tourist groups. The regulation has been in effect for a long time, but it's being implemented more often. This comes as no surprise, if you look at the increasingly decrepit buildings.
Demolished school in Pripayt.
In the basement of the school: cross country skis and many banners are found here.
The increseangly bad state of the buildings is not the biggest risk tourists may face in the zone. Radiation is much more serious. Despite the fact that the average radiation is many times higher than in the cities we live in, it's still considered safe by experts. But what if some tourist, unaware of the danger, gets separated from the group and walks, unprotected, into one of the contaminated rooms? For example, the cellar of the Pripyat hospital, where he could unwittingly kick up, and then breathe in, radioactive dust which covers the firefighters' uniforms that are lying around there. There are a lot of rooms like this in the zone. Some of you have surely heard about "Jupiter", the factory which officially produced radios, and secretly made military equipment. Maybe you also heard about the local labs with hundreds of mysterious substances.
One of the boxes is open. The contents look like silver dust but it could also be grains of some metal. Intriguing, expecially because the dosimeter goes crazy when brought close to the material.
The radiation level of the mysterious silver dust reaches 1 232 uSv/h.