Life Goes On No Matter What

Life Goes On No Matter What

The Chernobyl tragedy happened quarter of a century ago but the zone keeps living its own life.

Everyone knows that the Chernobyl reactor was located on the territory of Ukraine, however it was Belarus that suffered most from the disaster. Today we are going to visit one of the districts of this country contaminated by radionuclides.

Life Goes On No Matter What

The sign reads: “Danger of radiation! No entry!”

Life Goes On No Matter What

The tragedy happened in 1986 but life didn’t stop here.

Life Goes On No Matter What

Most of the people left, but someone refused to be resettled.

Life Goes On No Matter What

Belorussian storks refused to fly away either.

Life Goes On No Matter What

This is what’s remained from the Polish brewery. Its owners had lived here before the revolution.

Life Goes On No Matter What

Life Goes On No Matter What

The whole villages were plundered.

Life Goes On No Matter What

It reads “Industrial warehouse #14”.

These gates survived the Russian revolution, the Soviet Union, WWII, Chernobyl and numerous plunderers.

Life Goes On No Matter What

Lately they more and more speak about the revival of the Chernobyl land. Despite the scepticism of the neighbours they have already started to build new roads, farms, kolkhozes… The infrastructure is being restored, new companies are being created.

Life Goes On No Matter What

The Japanese have come here recently for adopting some experience of how to copy with the aftermath of such a catastrophe.

Life Goes On No Matter What

Life Goes On No Matter What

Maybe this is how our planet looked like before the invasion of humans.

Life Goes On No Matter What

The level of radiation is not too high but you may take some steps aside and it can rise considerably.

Life Goes On No Matter What

The diameter of the poppy is 20 cm (almost eight inches)!

Life Goes On No Matter What

Locals say their water is rather pure here.

Life Goes On No Matter What

Life Goes On No Matter What

It seems you are back in the past! The grannies are sitting on the bench, nibbling sunflower seeds and drinking birch kvass.

Life Goes On No Matter What

Life Goes On No Matter What

There are no signs of civilization: light, gas or plumbing. These people use old stoves and kerosene lamps as 100years ago.

Life Goes On No Matter What

Life Goes On No Matter What

Borsch from the stove and fresh goat’s milk are not worse than pizza and sushi.

Life Goes On No Matter What

Life Goes On No Matter What

Life Goes On No Matter What

Life Goes On No Matter What

Life Goes On No Matter What

Life Goes On No Matter What

All their food is natural except some┬áplutonium, cesium and strontium…But it’s nothing for these grannies – they live up to 80-90 years old.

Life Goes On No Matter What

Terrible Chernobyl radiation does not scare the Colorado beetle.

Life Goes On No Matter What

This granny used to be Miss Bartolomeevka – 1937! Today she continues to work in the garden and milk her goat.

Life Goes On No Matter What

Do you want some really big strawberries?

Life Goes On No Matter What

Life Goes On No Matter What

The local administration is responsible not only for protecting this land from illegal logging, looters and smugglers, they also supervise cemeteries and monuments.

Life Goes On No Matter What

All passing vehicles are inspected for illegal export of fish, game and wood.

Life Goes On No Matter What

Before the tragedy the river Sozh used to be the cleanest river of Europe!

Life Goes On No Matter What

“The alive are endlessly indebted to you.” The graves of the soldiers are taken care of.

Life Goes On No Matter What

Some mutations are not hard to be found.

Life Goes On No Matter What

Life Goes On No Matter What

We’ll come back here in twenty five years more to see that damn strontium is not longer here.

via drugoeus

5 thoughts on “Life Goes On No Matter What”

  1. “Maybe this is how our planet looked like before the invasion of humans.” Except for the water humans have transformed the flora and fauna pretty much completely (with regards to macroflora and megafauna). Humans evolved in savannas and thus have implemented savannas wherever and whenever we could.

  2. Wow. I’ve been to that village on Sozh while traveling through Belarus back in 98. Nothing changed, those prople are still there. Amazing.

  3. Planet Earth, invaded by humans. Hahahahahahhahahaha!! As if we didn’t belong here, or some aliens. Yep, we came from another planet, just to ruin this one.

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