Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Today, we are going to visit the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, namely its power-generating unit number 4.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Near the power units, they have built a nuclear waste disposal factory.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

This is a well-known view of the four reactors and a snow-covered side channel.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Nuclear power plants showed a lot of advantages over other power plants such as reliability, safety, low electricity price and level of pollution of the environment.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Nuclear physics was developing really fast in the USSR and its achievements were used for both military and civilian purposes. The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was built during this very period.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

In 1967, they chose a site to build a nuclear power plant, it was 12 km from Chernobyl, Ukraine.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

They decided to use RBMK-1000 reactors (High Power Channel-Type Reactor) at the plant.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Outdoor switch-gears.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Construction works of the fifth power unit began in 1981. They planned to put it into operation by 1986, however, they had to freeze the construction after the Chernobyl Disaster (when the unit was almost completed).

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

The project included additional accident control measures such as installation of two extra diesel generators, separate fire-control units and ventilation systems, reconstruction of the accident locating system and replacement of the bituminous roofing with fire-proof roofing.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

However, in 1987, it was officially declared that they were not going to continue the construction of the power unit.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

You can still see those giant constructions unfinished.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

They stopped using these wires to supply electricity to the regions in 2000.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Everybody knows why – RBMK reactors have destroyed their reputation of being safe.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

This containment was built in just 7 months!

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

To build the containment, they used 400,000 m3 of concrete and assembled 7 thousand tons of metal constructions.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

They have built a new stack because they are going to disassemble the old stack shortly.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

That’s what it looked like before the accident.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

And this is what it looks like now.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

This is a construction site where they are going to build a new containment.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

This torch marks a place with a very high radiation level.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

A dosimeter shows 1,096 micro-roentgen per hour which exceeds the permissible level by 30 times!

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Heading to the city of Pripyat.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

The famous ‘Bridge of Death’ is situated here.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

They say that after the explosion, residents of the city came out to this bridge to watch what was going on at the reactor.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Trains ceased to run here long ago…

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Another photograph for you to compare the power unit the way it was many years ago and the modern one.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

The thermal station is on. Even though all the four power units have been held up, people still work here because they cannot just turn the nuclear plant off.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

A local cafeteria.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

To go inside, you have to measure you radiation level first.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

They have so many tasty dishes here to choose from!

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

In the cafeteria, there were a few Japanese and American people too.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

This is the only place near the power unit people are allowed to enter.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

The stacks.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

The containment.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Its condition is very poor.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Its western listing wall is supported by two metal towers.

Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

They planned to build a new containment by 2012 but as far as you see nothing has been done yet.

Location: Chernobyl

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8 thoughts on “Reactor #4 Of The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant”

  1. I am always sad when I think of the innocent people who thought everything was normal. Government officials always lie, look was happened in Japan. I do not understand why people trust the explanations given by government agencies anywhere

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