Chernobyl in memory

The word CHERNOBYL scares holly bejesus out of people here.Here is a map that shows
radiation level in different parts of dead zone.

Radiation

map shows level of radiation on asphalt, usually on the middle of road, because on edge of road
it is twice as higher and if you step 1 meter off the road it 4 or 5 times higher. Radiation sit on earth,
on the grass, in apples and mushrooms. It is not on asphalt, which make rides through this area safe.
I always go for rides alone, because not need anyone to rise dust and I had never problems with
dosimeter guys. They are on check points and if they will find radiation on you vehicle, they give a
chemical shower and it eat ya bike.

Some 15-18 years ago, we've been getting 95% of chernobyl radiation through the air, now radiation
went in soil and we getting 99% of it with our food. so, better to watch those cucumebers they sell on
market place. Own garden is a way out.

Actually, some people coming back to their homes and settle
down, those mostly old people who do not care if they die
today or tomorrow. Important is to die at home.

Checkpoint

This is a place where they give a chemical shower,
also their mission was to stop marauders.

Marauders

Marauders in radiation poluted area are not just a regular marauders, they don't steal stuff
for themselves. There were cases of radiactive tv sets and other stuff being sold on city
second hand markets and then police shot 7 or 8 of them and it helped

An evil wind

This is a bus stop. One don't need to be in a 30kms "dead zone" to see those pictures.
I travelled 100 kms up north in Belorusia and their villages all look like this.
North wind brought here radiactive clouds. On the other hand villages that located some
15-20kms on South from APP alive or at least half alive.

Homes

Houses open and everything as people left it 18 years ago.

A village school

Literature classroom in a village school.

Houses haven't been repaired for ages. In village they say,
if you don't fix you house, it falling in pieces. that's true

Firefighter cars

Fire cars the most poluted objects in area.
It is because they put down radiactive fire.
they pulled those cars away from road,
but still when you pass by,
dozimeter device beeping

More of villages

Those army technics, army people helped to evacuate civilians and left their tanks
because they hopelessly poisoned.

There are lot of domestic animals live in the woods,
they got wild and assimilated with other animals that live in this area,
such as wolfs, wild boars and deers.

Finally, here is Ghostown, which is 4 kms north from reactor.
Town was founded in 1970, it located on river "Pripyat"
and 50.000 people lived there. There are many new buildings
and some brand new roads, other roads not a very good.

silence

Usually a police officer who call himself a town guard was telling me that I was in town alone. then I could hit roads with no worry that I will run accross some car. This town might be an attractive place for tourists. Some tourists companies have been trying to arrange extrim tours in this town, but people- their customers scared and have been complaining about silence which is hard to stand in empty town. They charged 210 us dollars for 2 hours excursion and town guard say, they all were leaving in some 15 mins, complaining that silense is tremendous as if one got deaf.

this is check point, residence of a town guard. Some places in town are very good for a fast rides, as I said brand new roads that are between two row of buildings that give a very good wind protection.

I found this funny photo in dad archive. This is red bikers taking part in a parade in this town, in year 1985. They ride 15-18 horse power old soviet bikes. My kawasaki will probably have as many horsepowers as those bunch of bikes all added together.

I don't know how sound the silence to those tourists that they can not stand it, but to me after hitting a red line on my bike tacho it sound like all those ghosts cursing 1100cc kawasaki engin.

who can calculate the amount of people that died of radiation? no one, even approximately. Some tell about 400.000 dead, other about half million. Dad says that those figures rised very high and so far death rate is 80.000-120.000 but it will be more because people will die within next 50-70 years However, it is easier to count matherial loses. For a country that just got independence it is catastrophe.

this is how main street of town looked back in 1985 when I was of age of those girls

shining

This is highest building in town and in April 26-27, 1986 after reactor exploaded, people gathered on the roof of this building to watch a beautiful shining that rised above APP. They didn't know this was shining of radiation. they learned it on next day when evacuation began

this is how you see APP from town, distance is 4 kms

they call it a city where time stands still. May be it is because clocks in this town don't show real time, they are showing radiation level. In any way, 81,6 microroengen per hour isn't bad for this place. Few years ago level has been two times more of that and in a May of 1986 it was hundreds of times more then that

sort of weird to see this object right on the street.

oncological hospital has been working for 40 days after disaster, then head doctor died of cancer and people abandoned this hospital

"1st of May" written on the window of post office, it is labor day here. It never came, because in April 27th, all population of town have been evacuated within 30 hours.

there is no phone connection in town, mobil phones do not work either

those new buildings have been waiting for people to move in

it is safe to be in the open air in Pripyat, it is inside the houses that the danger lies. I went for a short excursion with doctor, he said taking such walk with no special radiation detecting device is the same as to walk through minefiled without mine-detector.

doors are open, just make sure it is safe, push the door and you will see how people left everything 18 years ago.

a new beginning

People had to leave everything, from photos of their grandparents to cars. Their clothes, cash and passports has been changed by state authorities. This is incredible, people lived, had homes, country houses, garages, motorcyles, cars, money, friends and relatives, people had their life, each in own niche and then in a matter of hours this world fall in pieces and everything goes to dogs and after few hours trip with some army vehicle one stands under some shower, washing away radiation and then step in a new life, naked with no home, no friends, no money, no past and with very doubtful future.

in russian language a big dipper is a "devils wheel" ..well, this one look pretty much like it

in this part of town radiation level was the highest one in all chernobyl area. people say cloud of smoke cowered this park and people say that parents couldn't find their kids in a smoke. I don't know if this true, people say a lot.

This is pompea last day sort of place.

this is what left of a new swimming pool

someone appreciated Bethoven's Moonlight Sonata

end of journey.


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