Exploring Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
We showed up for our two day tour of the area on a Monday morning. The drive was about two hours from Kiev. There are two main areas in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, one which is a 30 km radius and the other a 10 km. Both areas require checking in and out with paperwork and passports, as well as radiation level checks when exiting. Adam and I entered the outer zone with the four others in our group, as well two guides. The morning was spent exploring the outer radius, followed by lunch at our hotel, which I should mention is within this region. In the afternoon, we were brought to Pripyat, a city built in 1970 to service the power plant. It is probably the eeriest place that I have ever visited. The silence is indescribable. We crept through abandoned buildings, the floors heaving and creaking under our weight. Walls of some of the buildings had completely collapsed. The group walked through a supermarket, grocery carts knocked to their sides and traversed through the infamous fair grounds where the Ferris wheel and bumper cars still stand empty, never having been ridden. We snuck to the top of a 16 story apartment building and watched as the light in the sky disappeared. The most incredible and insane things that we did is to go inside of the power plant. We viewed Control Room 2, Reactor 3, and the wall separating Reactor 3 from Reactor 4. I was sweating and shaking for most of the 15 minutes that we were inside.
By Keely McGhee
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