About Chernobyl

CHERNOBYL - a place where the time goes back
Chernobyl - the town of Ivankovo district, Kiev region of Ukraine. Chernobyl is located on the Pripyat River, not far from its confluence with the Kiev Reservoir. Known due to the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Before the disaster, about 13 thousand people lived in the city. According to the 2001 All-Ukrainian Census, Chernobyl (as well as Pripyat) is classified as “uninhabited”. Currently, about one and a half thousand people live in the city: employees of institutions of the Exclusion Zone, the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, working on a rotational basis, and self-settlers (84 people according to the data of the SE "TSOTIZ" as of February 2017). The distance to Kiev in a straight line is 83 km, along roads - 115 km. Located 12 km southeast of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Until 1986 - the administrative center of the Chernobyl region.
Chernobyl before and after
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Zero Hour Disaster at Chernobyl
The explosion at Chernobyl was ten times worse than that at Hiroshima and was due to a combination of human error and imperfect technology. Using a real-time split-screen format reminiscent of the hit series, 24, this programme examines the 60 critical minutes leading up to the explosion at the power station on 26th April 1986. Each minute unfolds narrating the events from the perspectives of key characters involved including Chernobyl's deputy chief engineer and his staff in the control room as well as innocent bystanders, the wife of one of Chernobyl's workers and two fishermen working in Chernobyl's warm waste waters.
Chernobyl 3828
The military called this place "FRONTLINE", the liquidators who worked at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant said - "ROOF COATING". It was the most contaminated, and therefore the most dangerous place in the zone. The roof cleaning operation lasted more than five months. 3828 - it was the number of people who were taken to clean the most dangerous zone on the roofs of the station - zone “M”.
Discovery Channel Chernobyl Life In The Dead Zone
Wildlife finds a way to thrive in the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident
Interesting Facts
The Red Forest are about 202 km2 of trees adjacent to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which absorbed the largest dose of radioactive dust emissions during the 1986 reactor explosion. The high dose of absorbed radiation during the accident led to the death of trees (mostly pines) and their browning-red color, which occurred within 30 minutes after the explosion. During decontamination of the territory, the forest was demolished by bulldozers and buried. Currently, the forest in this area is being restored naturally.
On April 26, 1986, at 1:23:45 am, during a test of the turbogenerator № 8, a hydrothermal explosion occurred at the 4 power unit, which completely destroyed the reactor. The building of the power unit and the roof of the engine room partially collapsed. More than 30 fires broke out in various rooms and on the roof. As a result of the accident, up to 14⋅1018 Bq were released into the environment, according to various estimates, which is approximately 380 million curies of radioactive substances, including isotopes of uranium, plutonium, iodine-131, cesium-134, cesium-137, strontium-90 ...
On December 15, 2000, the period of decommissioning of power units have begun for the Chernobyl NPP team, which is an important part of the entire life cycle of any NPP. To fulfill this task, the Chernobyl NPP was withdrawn from Energoatom by a government decision and transformed into a state specialized enterprise. On the basis of the Chernobyl repair service, Energoatom has established the "Atomremontservis" enterprise, which today employs 730 people, more than 300 of whom are former employees of the Chernobyl NPP. The emergency management center of Energoatom, established on the basis of Chernobyl emergency management, is also staffed mainly by former Chernobyl employees. At the end of November 2016, the Shelter-2 arch was successfully installed over the reactor building and the VT-2 pipe was dismantled.
Nowadays, the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is gradually becoming a reserve for wild animals. Today, it is a unique area, where most of the territory is covered with dense vegetation and inhabited by hundreds of species of animals. Among them are those listed in the Red Book. Here you can meet foxes, wolves, hares, deer, wild boars, and many other species. Rare, endangered bird species have found a home in the local swamps and dense forest thickets: eagle owl, black stork, white-tailed eagle. "Red Book" lynxes, badgers, and otters have found home in the Chernobyl rivers far from people.