Pripyat ghost town of Chernobyl





Pripyat is a Ukrainian ghost town in the Kiev Oblast. 1970, the city was founded with the construction of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. 1986 Pripyat was evacuated due to the reactor misfortune. On April 26, 1986, at the time of the disaster, lived in the town of about 49,360 people, of which 15,500 were children. Most of the residents and their families were workers in the nuclear power plant. After the disaster of 1986, the city of Slavutych was rebuilt as a substitute for Pripyat. Pripyat is the nearest settlement from the reactor, it is just 4 kilometers away. The city is located on the eponymous river Pripyat. Thus, the place is surrounded by the uninhabitable 300-kilometer zone around the plant. There are still a fairground with a Ferris wheel and bumper cars in the ghost town that was to open on 1 May 1986. actually, but why it should not come by accident. Orphaned and abandoned are the rides since since her and could be due to the evacuation on April 27, 1986 looking forward (the day after the disaster), not even laughing children. In about one kilometer straight-line distance is on the People's Square a swimming pool. In the vicinity of the reactor existed for a long time a junkyard, since according to the cleanup and construction of the sarcophagus hundreds of vehicles were so heavily contaminated, it was not possible to re-use. Trucks, fire trucks, helicopters and SUVs were to be found in the junkyard. There was a huge junkyard. Due to their high radioactivity vehicles today could not be disposed of, but the junkyard was reversed during decontamination. Looters have the vehicles exploited over time or completely taken away. On February 4, 1970 Pripyat was founded as a residence for the workers of the first nuclear power plant in Ukraine. As a result, those were the majority of the population workers and their families, the city was able to obtain a fast growth. The average age of the population was at the time of the disaster at about 26 years, so Pripyat was both relatively rich and particularly young city. The city consists of five districts of the micro-circularly arranged around the city center. The area is approximately 600ha of which 149 are multi-storey buildings. Actually Pripyat should be parallel to the expansion of nuclear power plant (block 5 and 6 were already under construction) grow to up to 80,000 residents, what did not take place because of misfortune. Northeast of the city's expansion area is visible as a non-fledged field today. After the accident, there security measures have been taken to wind erosion of contaminated soil largely be prevented. It was not until 36 hours after the reactor accident Pripyat was evacuated, was blamed sluggish information and emergency management. Many residents were thereby exposed to high radiation and often suffered from long-term consequences. On April 27, 1986, a short radio message was sent at noon, where the population was invited to be set up on a three-day absence. With about 1,200 buses, within two and a half hours, was evacuated from 14 clock Pripyat. Through various radioactive substances, the city was contaminated by the accident several times. Fortunately for the residents was due to favorable winds, held the strongest contamination of the city by radioactive fallout after the evacuation between 27 April and 29 April. Dekontaminierungsaktivitäten were all out in the city by where the most detailed work was on the mic District 4 instead. The work has been done in several phases and reduced the average level of radioactive contamination of the city an estimated 0,2 - 0,4 mGy / h to 0.028 mGy / h in december 1986! Many buildings still stand today in Originalzustadt because the 49,360 inhabitants were left in the belief that they be back home. Vandalism and looting had been the order of the day and many homes were looted and destroyed after the evacuation. In 2009, according to official figures, already 7500 people as tourists there. There is a risk that leaves especially the growing tourist tracks. The US Forbes magazine called Prypjaz / Chernobyl already as a destination category "unique places to visit." Very few people live today in the area around the reactor. The contaminated zone is guarded until now by the militia. Most of today's residents are members of the army, scientists or illegal visitors. Since the main roads were decontaminated you can in Pripyat, watch a guided tour of the nuclear power plant. But the other areas of the city are still contaminated. Through constant construction work Infastruktur the city is still preserved. So that in case of another accident in reactor 4, for example to provide by collapse of the sarcophagus, roads and electricity. For some 4,000 workers are employed, working in two-week shifts to prevent damage to health from hazardous radiation. July 2011, the area was officially opened at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant for tourism. Experts predict an annual visit number of around 1,000,000 who want this kind of "extreme tourism" go after. Since so needed investment could reach the region, is the representative of the UN Entwicklungsprogammes, which is coordinating on-site since 2004, completely agree. They are contaminated with radioactive material, the region will remain uninhabitable for the next 300 years. Pripyat has become the symbol of the anti-nuclear movement and thus represents a memorial. There is even talk of leaving the city include in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. 2005 on initiative of Sergey Abramchuk and Vitali Shkliarou, which had witnessed the catastrophe as children, initiated a project that sees itself as "A Requiem of a special kind." Seven artists traveled to remind her graffiti art in the disaster after Pripyat. With the pictures from the center of the Katastrohe they want to maintain the thinking of the suffering of the people. Contain forget to pause and understand the responsibility for the future alone is in our hands !!!

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