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Report (Permission Visit) Chernobyl Reactors 5 & 6 - October 2014

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  1. The_Raw

    The_Raw 28DL Regular User
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    Construction of Chernobyl’s reactors number 5 & 6 continued throughout the night of the explosion at the 4th nuclear power plant. If the glow of the fire wasn’t visible from the upper levels then as dawn broke the smoke must have been. Despite the disaster unfolding next door at 8am that morning the 286 construction workers of the day shift clocked on. Construction work on 5 and 6 was soon stopped but resumed again on the 10th October 1986. Six months later on the 24 April 1987 work was once again halted and on May 23 1989 the decision was made not to complete the reactors. Reactor 5 was approximately 70% complete at the time of the accident. The 6th was scheduled for completion in 1994. When functioning Reactors 5 and 6 would have been capable of producing 1,000 MW’s each.

    This was a highlight of the trip, somewhere none of us were expecting to see and a crazy experience involving many sketchy obstacles. Definitely not one for the faint hearted, some of the rusty staircases and ladders would've made a whore blush (sorry I couldn't think of the right metaphor). Then we had to balance on wobbly beams with drops disappearing into the darkness to reach the reactor room. Still amazed that we were allowed to go up there in all honesty but it's a different set of rules over there. The tourist trade has been slow since the conflict with Russia began so the guides were keen to impress. Hope you enjoy the pics.


    1. Our first look at the place the day we arrived in the zone
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    2. On the approach we had no idea we would be allowed to climb to the top
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    3. One of many rusty old cranes surrounding the plant
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    6. Construction materials strewn everywhere on the ground
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    7. Some of the better steps and ladders....
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    12. A collapsed crane lies on it's side below
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    14. Some of the sketchier ladders....
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    21. This was the room where the nuclear reactors were destined to be placed
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    22. A murky view across to reactors 1, 2, 3 & 4

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    Cheers for looking​
     
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  2. wellingtonian

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    Proper adventure and something new from the exclusion zone. Cheers for sharing :thumb
     
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    Fantastic! You weren't joking about the rust either!
     
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    it really does look epic there, cant imagine what it would be like to be there, bet its quite a weird atmosphere
     
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    awesome mate very jealous:thumb
     
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    Incredible!
     
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    Proper nice mate, love Chernobyl, can't wait to get there myself. :D
     
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    dem cranes :thumb

    out of all the stuff i've seen from the various trips over the years, this by far looks the most interesting, good effort!
     
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    We also managed to get inside and on top of this. You're not wrong, it's an absolute deathtrap.

    Never managed to get to the reactor room though, it just seemed like every way we tried was a dead end or sheer drop.

    Nice report :)
     
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    One thing that I also noticed, if you look at reports of this place from the last few years, some of the cranes have completely moved position.

    I can't think why they'd be doing that, especially in the state they are currently in.
     
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    Really? How odd....doesn't make much sense at all
     
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    I thought so... I can't even imagine that they could possibly even still work, but some have definitely moved quite far from their positions over a few reports.

    Strange.
     
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    A few people have messaged me asking what tour company we went with, if anyone else is interested go to www.chernobylwel.com. You can contact our guide in person by email if you wish - dominik.orfanus@gmail.com

    Now seems to be a good time to go as it's really quiet there, we didn't see a single other group on our trip in fact. People have been put off by the Ukraine/Russia conflict it seems despite it being over 700km away from Chernobyl. There is no immediate danger from the conflict whatsoever in Kiev or Chernobyl, you can check here for updates on the situation https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ukraine
     
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