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firth1974

Chernobyl and Priypat trip report 2017

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So, the day started nice and early at 7am, just as the sun is starting to rise over Kiev and Maidan Square. Met the guide, paid the rest of the cash and waited for the rest of the group to turn up. Total for the trip, lunch and the hire of the Dosimeter came to $100 for 1 person, which i thought was not too bad a deal. Trips into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone are restricted each day, and unless you are part of an organised tour like this one, you have ZERO CHANCE of getting into the Zone!!

 

Absolutely crystal clear bluebird day today, so you know its going to get hot at some point, but the temp this morning was nothing short of 5oC, just chilled correctly. To get into the Zone, you have to clear the 30KM control point, where inspection and passport checks are the order of the day. In this zone are  around 450+ abandoned settlements and also the town of Chernobyl. To get anywhere close to the Reactor you have to clear the 10KM control point. Once inside this zone, you are next to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and also the town of Pripyat, the town that has become the infamous symbol of the 1986 incident. You can get to within 270 meters of Reactor #4 (thats the one that exploded). It is now encased in a all new protective coat weighing a grand total of 35,000 tonnes!!!! (The heavyist movable structure in the world).

 

Then onto the abandoned town of Pripyat. This place is just simply amazing. So quiet walking around here, and HIGHLY radioactive in certain spots, of which our guide took us to visit. General background radiation in most cities around the world is 0.14-0.15, when you start recording readings of 3 to 4, then you need to start worrying a little bit. Most spots in this town were from 0.9 to 10/11, nivce anf high, but our guide took us to a spot that recorded 48.55!!!!!!!!! Now that's highly radioactive and not healthy to hang around for too long!!

 

To see all the places you have seen on TV or on the 'net before is surreal. Its an amazing sight to behold.

 

The view from my bedroom balcony overlooking Maidan.................

 

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Brilliant. If I meet you in Hounslow next trip will I need a charger for my laptop or can I use your index finger?

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Just now, The Tongue said:

Brilliant. If I meet you in Hounslow next trip will I need a charger for my laptop or can I use your index finger?

You just need to stand within 6 feet of me, i'm generating my own power right now!

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some haunting photos there, thanks for sharing, when i saw the title i imagined Priypat could just as easily been a city in Issaan lol

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Very interesting pics. You have captured the atmosphere really well.

Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks for your.time, Mate. Must be.pretty impressive.

Did participate in about a.dozen of nuclear explosions in my young Navy days in French Polynesia. Need to dig up some pics next time I am in BKK.

Remember wearing those Geiger counters on us, when we arrived at the daily limit, they just gave us another one.... Guess it explains I am a  bit mad now and.then ?

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What's the half life of the radioactive material some thing like a 1000 years . A monument to mans stupidity

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Wow some incredible shots. Not sure what word to describe the entirety of it....maybe....humbling!

Thks for sharing.

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Great report and pics as usual Chris, good to see you keeping up the good work and look forward to catching up again sometime.

 

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Just now, ozboy said:

Great report and pics as usual Chris, good to see you keeping up the good work and look forward to catching up again sometime.

 

Cheers Ted. Hoping (fingers crossed) to be in Thailand or Vietnam either sometime in June/July/August but not quiet sure yet. Depends on a lot of other factors right now.

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20 hours ago, firth1974 said:

Cheers Ted. Hoping (fingers crossed) to be in Thailand or Vietnam either sometime in June/July/August but not quiet sure yet. Depends on a lot of other factors right now.

We will be in Pattaya the first week in June and Vietnam (various places) for the following 3 weeks.

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Nice pics, hope you haven't grown 4 more dicks after being exposed to so much radiation. 

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