Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

This time we gonna have an unusual flight – the flight over the exclusion zone of Chernobyl where time stopped thirty years ago. How does this place look like from the height?

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

This Cessna 172S is going to take us high and show the exclusion zone from where we have not seen it yet.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

We are slowly taking off.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Fields, rivers, villages and roads from the height of 300-500 meters – the beautiful nature of the Kiev and Chernigov regions as if on the palm.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

The Kiev Sea is truly big.. Meanwhile the weather is getting worse.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

The area was diforested for high-voltage power lines intended to supply energy to Soviet consumers.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

That very zone we’ve shown you so many times – up is the river Pripyat, up in the right is the bridge over the river. In the right direction is Chernobyl itself.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Over-the-horizon radar station “Duga” for the intercontinental missile early warning system – eyes and ears of the USSR.

Why “over-the-horizon” one? Because this secret object allowed Soviet military to look “beyond the horizon”. They were watching all targets over Europe, detected all launches of American intercontinental missiles – from another side of the globe.

“Duga” consumed a huge amount of power – 10 MW. This is why it was located near the nuclear plant. The secret facility only received the signal. The transmitting facility of a smaller size was located near Lyubech (60 km away) – the facility was scrapped.

The radar station stopped functioning immediately after the catastrophe of April 26th, 1986. It could not be further used in the conditions of the exclusion zone. Soon enough some part of the equipment was demounted and transported to Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is already close.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Today they are actively building a new safe sarcophagus.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

The new sarcophagus will fully cover the fourth destroyed power unit and allow to turn the station into an ecologically safe system.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

It seems this construction site is still operating. But we remember that time stopped here many years ago. These are the 5th and the 6th power units of the station.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Here’s what has remained from the notorious red forest. It was glowing at night after the catastrophe! Many trees have been already cut out and buried.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Pripyat was built for those who were working at the power plant. People from all over the USSR were employed for the construction. They had a complete infrastructure for happy living.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Today Pripyat is a dead city. On the picture is a factory “Jupiter” that had been making cassette recorders before the catastrophe.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

The city is getting overgrown really fast.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Do you see the ferris wheel of the amusement park on the picture above? It was planned to open on the 1st of May, 1986.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Flying around the plant.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Houses stand empty today…

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Behind is the border with Belarus. It’s where the railway is stretching.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Warmhouses with broken glass.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Abandoned port cranes.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

The reservoir cooling the reactors of the nuclear power plant.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

High voltage power lines.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Some abandoned village.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Nature is very beautiful here but we know what people did to it.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

A lasting monument to a peaceful atom.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

It’s time to fly back.

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above

Landing.

via tim5000

 

3 thoughts on “Chernobyl Exclusion Zone From Above”

  1. “Here’s what has remained from the notorious red forest. It was glowing at night after the catastrophe!”
    Somebody has watched to many sci-fi movies!

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  2. You must remember how long ago this was..
    It has all turned into folklore by now..

    And the glowing of the red forest is part of the folklore, let people have their fantasies about what happened, the truth is never as fascinating.

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