If you love learning about some of the more eerie parts of history, you will love learning about Chernobyl in Ukraine. Never heard of it? Let me tell you about it.
Ukraine is a country that has a lot of history. No matter where you go, you will be able to find some pretty fascinating things and you will learn so much about their history. Chernobyl is for sure on the list of top 5 most interesting place in Ukraine. Check this place out!
The Chernobyl plant is located near the city of Pripyat, Ukraine. On April 26, 1986 during a test to see how much power they would need to keep the plant running in case there was ever a black out, something went terribly wrong. The Chernobyl Nuclear Station exploded releasing dangerous amounts of radioactive chemicals into the air.
There was estimated to be thousands of deaths that occurred directly from the explosion, but there were still many more people that suffered from illness from being exposed to the radioactive chemicals.
Many cities were affected by the radioactive chemicals, but Pripyat (the closest city to the plant) was the most affected. Pripyat was home to a majority of the plant works. The whole city was forced to evacuate.
Many decades later, the city of Pripyat is still a ghost town left in the same condition as when they evacuate. You can see the Communist propaganda, the decorations left behind for the celebration of May Day that never occurred and all the clocks stopped at 11:55 (when the electricity was cut). Trust me, you will not want to miss seeing it.
If you are wanting to tour the Chernobyl plant or the surrounding cities, you will first need to get a day pass from the government. These passes can be obtained through tour companies. You may be wondering if it is safe to go on these tours. You will be exposing yourself to radiation after all...The good news is is you don't have to worry. While you will be exposed to radiation, it will be in extremely low amounts that will do absolutely no damage to your body and you will not feel any side affects from it. It will not hurt you and the tours end with checking your radiation levels.
Chernobyl is fascinating and show not be missed. After decades of abandonment, the surrounding forests are starting to take over. Eventually the entire plant and towns will be covered in forest. Make sure you get out there an experience this historical site while you can.
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