Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Poleski National Park was founded in 1988 on the territory of the Gomel region, Belarus. Its area is over 215 thousand ha. Over 1200 types of plants grow here which constitutes two thirds of total Belorussian flora. The area remains under strict protection and any kind of economic activity is prohibited here providing tourists with a rare chance to see a piece of wild nature in the heart of Europe.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

The Chernobyl disaster that occurred on April 26, 1986 in Ukraine was the largest technogenic catastrophe of the 20th century and affected mostly Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. The Gomel region belongs to the exclusion area around the Chernobyl nuclear power station. The most contaminated from the Chernobyl disaster zone forms the mentioned above Poleski National Park.The journey was started from the Belaya Soroka village which is located at the very border of Belarus and Ukraine at a distance of about 6 km from the ill-fated town of Pripyat (the site of Chernobyl nuclear plant location). Do you see the white plate behind? It denotes the beginning of the Ukrainian territory.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

The Belorussians are good at taking fire-prevention measures. It is natural as radioactive forest fires can be another total disaster. Tulips are still growing next to abandoned houses.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Photo paper was found in the house of an amateur photographer.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Some houses are occupied by wild animals like bears, boars and roe deers.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

The table points out there used to be a school here.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Crosses are installed at the place of a church destroyed by the Germans.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

An improvised church. We haven’t found any real church during our journey.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

A fire tower topped with a raven nest.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

There are about 40 of similar fire towers on the territory. They are equipped with wireless communications and cameras.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Seeds spread by the wind get inside the semi-destroyed cow barns giving way to trees.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

The pictures are drawn by the workers of the National Park. They are usually accompanied by such motto as “Protect forests from fire!” or “Forest is our home”.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

The rusty boat misses a huge navigational river that used to be here.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Abandoned facilities.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Some houses are still in a good condition.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

That’s what utility rooms next to the houses looked like.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Every small village of the region had a school, a club, a shop and a medical post of its own. “Map of the “Pripyat” state farm”

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

“Pripyat”

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

The wooden block with a hollow inside was widely used for attraction of bees and honey collection.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Remnants of steel wire that was used to enclose the area stretching for 10 km around the site where the disaster took place.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Flood bed of the Pripyat river.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Several fire stations are located in different parts of the National Park.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

The houses are occupied by the workers of the Park.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Such decontamination stations are situated in every part of the Park.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

The stone says that till the year of 1988 244 people had inhabited the village.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

School

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

“We’ll never forget you, our dearest school”

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

“I have come to my dear class”

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

A class consisted of 8-10 kids.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

The Masany Research Station is the closest site to the Chernobyl power station where radioactive and ecological monitoring of the National Park is performed. The table states that both entry and exit are forbidden due to high radioactivity.  Fines account for 10 to 50 basic units.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Masany Research Station.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

A monument to the warriors who participated in World War II and freed the Motherland from the German forces.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

“We are eager to implement the ideas of the Communist Party”.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Grain warehouse.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Radioactive spots.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

During the journey dosages of thousands microroentgens were detected according to the meter.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Another village named Krasnoselye.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Wild boars in the bush.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Someone shot at the table that forbids hunting.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

The Braginsk region.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Marsh

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

The town of Hoiniki. Fences surrounding the houses are painted only blue or green.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Verhniy Slobodsk Forestry

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

The radioactive zone is over to the left of the Braginsk region. Those villages are inhabited and fields are cultivated.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Propaganda for fire fighting.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

“Enemy of the forest is fire”

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

The buildings of the Solnetchniy village that was well-equipped and built by 1981. “Fire in the forest – calamity”

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Wall paper in the flat of a 5-storey building.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Fuel storage unit.

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

“Love Birds”

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

A monument to the abandoned villages in the town of Bragin.

Location: Gomel Region, Belarus

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8 thoughts on “Unknown Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster”

  1. Governments are better at policing an industry than running an industry. This is a perfect example. Governments should police the private sector to keep us safe and stay out of running our lives

  2. I really like photo 22 with Chernobyl NPP barely visable in the background of what looks like a beautiful forest.

    It’s good to see other places that were also effected by the disaster.

    Thanks for sharing.

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