More photos of Chernobil, now by Valkorn. He says it was really scary there..
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Looks like the pics are HD, not so much creepy (except for that one with the doll and the amusement park). How did they take pics there, isn’t it still radioactive? And if not, doesn’t that mean that people can go back and live there?
Sorta looks like City 17 from Half Life 2.
It looks exactly as in the game STALKER. Sry nerd alert.
Yes, it Does look just like stalker, because the game takes place well… Uh.. Chernobil
Preface: I’m not a nuclear physicist, nor a biologist.
Radiation danger is determined by both the intensity of exposure and the length of exposure. These are not necessarily simple factors – ie. at low intensities there may be NO harm; at short times there can be fatal doses.
My best guess is that the radiation there is dangerous for people to live there long-term, but not for photographers to visit on a short-term basis.
I’m not a biologist or a nuclear physicist, but I’ve read some things on the accident and it may take millions of years for some of the radio active elements they used to be rendered harmless. Just one of the half lives of one of the elements they used was about 240 years. People can still go there but like DemonWasp said the radiation may not affect them in a short term period.
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It is still very radioactive there. Nobody can live there still. You CAN visit there and take pictures but there are many rules on WHERE you can go and for how long you are allowed to be in the “hot” areas. From what I remember reading from a log from someone who went there you wear some sort of badge on you that monitors radiation levels and if it goes up then you get out. Also you get assigned someone who goes around with you.
Also I think that there is plans to build a new sarcophagus around the reactor and the existing one. They are already working on it but it will take forever since workers can only work about 2 to 3 hours per day (if that). They get paid a log of money and know that inevitably means death for them but it is for the greater good.
There is plenty to read on this… I am ashamed that growing up they never taught us ANYTHING about this. I actually never knew it even happened until about a year and a half ago. Very sad.
Actually people still leave there. Some dwellers (mostly old people) from rural areas near Chernobyl refused to evacuate and leave their houses.
A couple years ago I’ve seen a program about these people. They’re quite old, but they still live there (and no, they didn’t sprout tails or horns, and look quite healthy, considering their age). The saddest thing that they are now invisible for the state, oficially they don’t exist. It’s a closed area, so some of them didn’t even know that USSR collapsed.
I was never taught about it in school…I’m a sophomore in college now and I found out about 3 days ago. I was shocked.
I agree. I had never heard anything about this until I started in X-Ray school. It makes you wonder how much worse it is than we actually know. Watch the documentary, Chernobly Heart. It is one of the most heart wrenching things I have ever seen.
Corection…..not 2-3 hours….but 2-3 minutes….and they get pay for that 2 minutes with 1000$ per month, some people stay longer than 2 minutes for extra money but not longer than 3-3 and a half minutes…..
P.S. I was there last year and is NOT a pretty site…
I wanted to correct your “2-3 minute” idea that workers could only work for 2 – 3 minutes at a time. If that were true (which it isn’t) they would get out of the vehicle and walk 20 feet to the site, turn around and have to leave.
Workers can work UP TO 12 hours as long as they are not in a “hot” zone. If the radition is under a certain reading and right now I can’t remember what it is, they can work in their bio suits for up to 12 hours.
Recently, matter of fact, the show Destination Truth did a segment there about the ghosts that appearently haunt Chernobyl. They were exposed to radiation for 12 hours in Bio suits with a meter that like the person said registers the radiation levels. You can only be “safely” exposed to radition for a short amount of time. Basically, what their government considers a healthy dose. Your body can handle SOME radition but not extreme or excessive amounts. If they think you have stayed too long they will quarentine you.
You can visit the town but only if all 3 checkpoints into the fallout area allow you to pass.
I worked with some girls from over there and a few of them were kids when the tragedy happened.
To Hallsey and longrun: People do still live there. They have to have signs on their door that say “Owner of house still lives here.” Now whether these people live outside of these “hot areas” as you nicely put it, I don’t know. We learned about it in my chem class at college. It’s not even just Russia that was effected though; people in Poland had to take Potassium-Iodide pills that put non-radioactive iodine into your thyroid so that little radioactive iodine can be absorbed. Actually, in the US, if you live within like 10miles of a nuclear plant, the government will usually supply you with these pills for free. If you know anyone around Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, I guarantee you that they’re taking them.
Check out http://www.elenafilatova.com. She will explain everything about the pics.
Yeah I can vouch for Elena Filatova! She is so freakin hot! Just the kind of woman I wish I could Marry! (sigh) 😉
You can tour with government permission otherwise you can drive in the general area but military checkpoints keep you from areas of access. The English STOP sign is accepted as the international STOP sign and therefore common in many countries of the former Soviet Union. Russian Cyrillic uses the same word, “sto-pp” (стоп). I’ll put the Cyrillic in the () but not sure if this site will support it or if it will come out looking weird like the comments near this post.
no it’s still radioactive ,but its not so lethal anymore.
Nice set of photos.
I’d love to have a wander around, just to see it.
Wow, there is _no_ way i would _ever_ go that near the reactor itself.
After this can you now please post some pictures taken after the accident happened?
http://www.pripyat.com – a lot of movies, pics etc. there.
Do you think those pictures were taken before?
Well done on the photographs. I think you really capture the feel of the place with the doll picture. It now looks like something from a horror film. Weren’t all those vehicles and airframes used till they stopped working because of the radiation? I am surprised that you were able to get so close to photograph such a place. I think you captures the feel very well!
ppl still work there. 5 minutes a day maximum. that’s talking about very close proximity to the sarcophagus. i want to know what is there to do though, since the reactor is sealed inside the sarcophagus.
They are building a larger containment unit that will outlast the rather hastily constructed brick one. Wikipedia might be your friend here. 🙂
Wikipedia is just my aquaintance. Google is my friend.
I am not sure whether they still run the other reactors, but they have run a few of them until recent years due to money problems..
If I recall correct, the chernobil _plant_ has 4 reactors and only one reactor exploded. Due to the collapse of the soviet union and economy problems caused by the fall, ukrainians had to keep some reactors running.
They didn’t stop working from radiation, they had to abandon them because they had dangerous levels of radiation inside since they all were actively used after the explosion.
Truly moving pictures! Hope the dead will never be forgotten.
Yes, they are true heros.
The will never be forgotten. They saved my friend.
These photos seem to have been manipulated. There is too much gray in them. Nice photos anyway. The following site is a great resource:
time is still stopped here.i title chernobil, the biggist time capsule of our time.but one thing i can`t under stand,that why other plants of nuclear complex worked after several years of disaster?EVEN ADMINISTRATION CLEARED NEAR BY TOWNS AND SURROUNDINGS BUT SISTER PLANTS ARE WORKED ON FULL CAPICITY AFTER SEVERAL YERS.i personally salute all who died ,in rescue and covering up operation(of MAIN REACTOR HALL).all of western Europe should proud on their sacrifices.
A few years ago there was a website by a woman who took motorcycle tours and photographed interesting places. She had one tour of Chernobyl that was fascinating. She got really close to everything. Evidently as long as you limit your exposure, you’re fine, of course you don’t want to live there for a few days but a day trip is safe enough.
Her story was fiction.
It seemed quite real to me..
Go to Google or your favorite search engine and enter: kidofspeed fake. Check out some of the links.
They say that she took a car, rather than a motorcycle.
You are correct, she took a tour with a tourguide and placed some objects to get the picture to look good. Then she took similar looking pictures of her riding a bike and made it look like she just rode through there.
Well, I don’t know all about that. At least she didn’t take pics and obviously Photoshop them to make them look creepy. Chernobyl/Pyrapit is pretty creepy but you can tell these pics were enhanced.
wow, that was the first post I looked at on englishrussia…. ( ==> http://englishrussia.com/?p=293 )
can anyone confirm or deny the stories of that kiddofspeed lady?
I’m also grateful for any hires pics of Prypjat and Chernobyl…
safe enough!!!!!!THIS DAY MIGHT BE MOST REMEMBRING DAY OF HIS,HER LIFE.because of extreme exposure to radiation.any sensible guy can`t talk like that.even workers and scientists are no safe in their special safety suits.if you really wanna, unguided tour.Chernobil welcomes you.
As a follow up, here’s the site of the motorcycle woman:
Do you think her breasts will be removed soon?
Don’t think I wanna go there..
Yes, I think I’ll limit my exposure by resisting the urge to go too. I would have a tough time believing scientific statements about safety from a “3rd world country”.
Would you belive the U.S. Department Of Energy?
That’s a silly question to ask John, of course he would – he is a patriot!
Here is an even sillier question: If he is such a patriot, why is he not in Iraq?
Yes, the standards had to be lowered to include low IQ and people with criminal records because the chicken-hawks and yellow elephants refuse to join. I am not jokeing.
Hilariously enough, ‘jokeing’ is actually spelled ‘joking’. Particularly ironic given your statement about people with ‘low IQ’.
Why is there an American STOP sign there? Odd …
because soviet union was an internation country that was created with USAs backing and support.
LOL! So reading English was part of the driving test in the CCCP? 😉
Each soviet inhabitant knew the latin (not only english) alphabet.
LOL! So was reading English part of the driving test in the CCCP? 😉
No. In fact, it took the ass-backwards Soviet Union years after the cold war ended to decide that the English language was important enough to teach in their public schools.
Is Yankeeland teaching Russian then?
No, we dont have to.
I am learning spanish so I can have one of those smexy latinas!
You are making it too obvious, man 😉
um, yeah, its not an “American” STOP sign. Its written in English. Either that, or its REALLY weird, because most English speaking nations have “American” STOP signs!! omg!!1!
Duh! It’s not only ‘American’, it’s INTERNATIONAL!
Soviet traffic signs agreed to the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals, which was signed by the European countries in 1968, so it’s natural they have sometimes words written in latin characters.
Whenever you guys post photos of the deserted Chernobyl, I want to visit.
More photos of Russian ghost towns, please.
gotta love pripyat!
Has anyone played the Chernobyl video game?
horrible~ a dead city
Are you a musician or something?
I used to drive trucks to here before I caused this to happen. I luckly escaped, but know I have an extra ear on my back. I only survived because I was so drunk on vodka I could not be contaminated.
contamination from what?if you pointing towards radioactivity,you sucked.if your DNA matched with cockroache,you can survive safely…..i think you are jocking ,please don`t do tragic jocks.think about thousands painful deaths.
Please no jocking around me. I will take joking but no jocking, this isnt a mens locker room. Although Pros might want it to be.
i think he is was pointing towards radioactivity, and he did sucked. His DNAs matched with cockroache.…His jocks will suffer thousands painful deaths.
I he be your boyfriend.
my chernobyl pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jheisel/sets/1202965/
Great photos. Thanks for sharing them.
Graet pics John, thanks! Just wondering, is it easy to get to Chernobil now? Would be great if you could tell us more about your trip. I am sure it’s a very fascinating story.
fascinating place. i would love to go there some day. just the fact that the liquidators left all their trucks and helicopters there because of the radiation is just unbelivable
just wanted to know about the second picture… are you sure thats from Chernobyl? Why would they have an English/American stop sign in Chernobyl…?
Just wondering… otherwise, great pics!
Actually the first sign came from the US. That design (Red with white lettering) was adopted in the 60’s. The first stop sign was also made by the US.
Before you insult people you should really know what you’re talking about.
Well i´ll be dammed. First time of many, when i hit a rock with that phrase. Anyway that type of stop sign is the type of stop sign i have seen around the Europe. It is very hard to believe it is made in US at 60´s, cause i have seen photos of Sweden at early 1950´s where the same stop sign are in use.
Anyway, teaches me to start checking these US-made things before throwing a comment and sorry about my hasty comment!
Err, what’s with the American stop sign? Seem a little out of place (at the time) being in the USSR.
as already somebody said above, stop sign is the same everywhere… http://gai.ru/articles/?art=36&sub=2
This is by far one of the worst man made disasters in history. Twenty years later and it is still dead. Horrible indeed.
welcome, my son…welcome to the machine…
How would one go about going on one of the tours of Chernobyl? I have been wanting to do this for ages and apparently you can take a tour of certain areas? How much does it cost, where would I have to go to find one and would I need to learn Russian?
I wanted to travel to Kiev to see this plant since I am in the nuclear industry. I was told by another traveller that it costs 100 euros for a visit and requires some paperwork.
I didnt manage to make it to Kiev to confirm.
To the person who commented about the stop sign. In Quebec the french part of Canada stop signs read ARRET and not stop (the odd time both)
I also beleive in Iraq stop is written in arabic as well as english
Yeah I miss the place actually, was good to spend a while there and document the area
Chernobyl’s 20th Anniversary
I had an orgasm when I saw these pics. I love to see how Russia is crumbling. America is the greatest country in the world. We are #1. First Russia and then Iraq!
Only you and five other people believe that. You need to stop sleeping on your rock.
Chernobyl isn’t even in Russia. But from your comment I wouldn’t expect the intelligence to know that.
So, in Kansas do they pretend things are not also falling apart here in the U.S, like they pretend science is not real?
Can someone please find this city on google earth adn post the project file.
For tour info
or even here:
nothing special, looks like any bomb explosion.
Thanks for sharing these photos. We’ve got a bunch posted on http://www.chernobylvermont.com/ to educate the fine folks in Vermont about the dangers of their aging and dangerous nuclear plant.
Take care, tk
this is great for my HAUNTED SCHOOL story, because my tteacher told us to write a stroy with that topic. IM GETTING 100 PIONTS! im 10, so, yea, THANKS! i hope people agree!
This is a place where nightmares sleep and dream of people! Like A dream within a dream. So grey, so ambiguous.
I’ll bet it would take Bush longer to get New Orleans fixed up than for Ukraine to get Chernobyl back to normal. Fortunately he won’t be sticking around long enough for us to find out.
Yea, it looks like it’s all dead! A portrait of what the whole world would have looked like if we had blown the whole planet away!
Thanks for the photos. This place looks completely dead. Are there still people really living there? A poster above said some people were still living there.
Dame,i’m a photographer and i would give everything to take some goddame fine pics in Pripyat,i even played the game,Stalker,but i feel it’s not enough,i’m from Romania so it’s not so far,i wanna visit Chernobyl so hard!
Playing around stalker i think so……..
The last photo looks very dark… Is the “sarcophagus” of reinforced concrete? Your photos look creepy but they can teach people about the horrible things that human beings can do for the “progress”
Greetings from Perú
wow so this is what it looks like to be on the other side of Russia,chernobyl .very sad.the pictures are very dark ,now i want go ,but at least not by myself
Best place to shoot next version of SAW the movie! lol
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This is Pripjat not Chernobyl…
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