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Report (Permission Visit) Pripyat and Chernobyl - Ukraine - May 2016

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Will Knot, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    The Explore......

    I know it's been a while since my last post but this place is amasing, and wanted to share some of the sights. This is my second visit to date but I would certainly go back again, however, the changes seen each year really make you wonder how long it will be before it is totally inaccessible......but the ambiance of the surroundings are surreal.....

    The most memorable was on one of the days we arrived at the amusement park under a flurry of snow fall.....

    A bit of History.......


    Named after the nearby Pripyat River, Pripyat was founded on 4 February 1970, the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union, for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979.

    It was once a thriving, vibrant community had grown to a population of 49,360 before being evacuated from their homes, scientists, workers and their families. Shops and cafes were bustling, the cinemas and museums packed, and the laughter of children in school playgrounds echoed through the streets.

    But on April 26, 1986, all that changed forever - the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe has left the Ukrainian town desolate and eerie, a shadow of its former self.

    Devastated hospitals, desolate schools and seas of gas masks in abandoned homes are all that remain of the Soviet city of Pripyat in northern Ukraine, near the border with Belarus, destroyed by the Chernobyl disaster 30 years ago.

    One of the reactors deep inside the Chernobyl power plant went into meltdown, causing a nuclear explosion that the region has never recovered from.

    Thirty-one were killed by the explosion itself but to this day people could be suffering from cancer caused by radiation exposure, meaning the total death count is unknown.

    Radiation levels remain too high for permanent human habitation. The vanquished city's ghoulish ambiance includes an old amusement park, with an abandoned Ferris wheel and empty, lifeless bumper cars.

    The Chernobyl disaster is one of only two power plant accidents classified as a level 7, the maximum classification event on the Nuclear Event Scale joined only by Japan's Fukushima disaster in 2011.

    On with the pics..........

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    Thank you for looking in :thumb I hope you enjoyed...... I Will Knot ;)
     

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  2. Camera Shy

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    Wicked pictures them mate.
     
  3. Shatners

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    Looks smashin in the snow mate... some belting shots in that set... Wombats been cluing me up on how best to get over there so looking like January is a goer :D
     
  4. The Kwan

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    Dont want to give you a big head Mark but your pictures are always fantastic....probably your swanky camera gear :D
    Seriously though, theyz is proper Bo :thumb
     
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    Ditto on the ace pics. Pripyat will never be totally inaccessible, maybe by tour groups but you will always be able to sneak in there. If I ever go back it will be on an unofficial tour!
     
  6. Will Knot

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    Cheers mate :thumb
    Ace, you will certainly enjoy it.
    Hi fella, you do know how to say the nicest of things Mr Kwan :D Thank you.
    True, it's that big an area....we nearly lost people even with radio's....so I'm sure you can get in without been seen ;)
     
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    Some of the best photos I have seen from here, always fancied seeing it in the snow.
     
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    You done the place proud there mark. Excellent photos in the snow. :thumb
     
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    Great pics Mark :)
     
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  10. Will Knot

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    Thank you for the comments guys :thumb Still planning a return....... ;)
     
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    Great pics there. Thought your originals from here where impressive. But these are a step up from that. Good camera good timing equals great pics. Nice one m8ty.
     
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    Most beautiful pictures from a horrific accident. You've done Priyprat proud.
     
  13. Will Knot

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    Thanks bud, yeah another year on from the last....certainly some changes out there :(
    Cheers :thumb
     
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