Mikhail Gorbachev (Last President of USSR) blamed Chernobyl Disaster as the real reason for USSR's collapse
Dark Tourism: A Nuclear Disaster and a Desolate CityOn 26 April 1986, the greatest fears of humanity came alive - world’s first nuclear disaster occurred at 01:23:40 a.m. in the erstwhile USSR. Two powerful explosions occurred in reactor number 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near the Ukrainian city of Pripyat, after an experiment went horribly wrong. The brave workers of the power plant struggled to contain the radiation fallout. Residents of the nearby Pripyat began to fall sick due to radiation poisoning while harmful radiations were detected as far as Sweden. On 28 April 1986, the official evacuation of Pripyat started leaving behind a fully-functioning desolate and at the complete mercy of nature. If you want to know more, do watch the HBO/Sky mini-series, Chernobyl, a 5-episode series that follows the events of Chernobyl nuclear disaster, with dramatization.
Chernobyl exclusion zone covers an area of 2600 Square kilometres!
Pripyat, Ukraine – the ultimate Dark Tourism destination
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Apart from costly human error, fauly design of rbmk reactor was also responsible for the disaster!
Is it safe to visit Chernobyl and Pripyat?The local tour operators that are authorised to take travellers into Pripyat and around Chernobyl claim that it’s absolutely safe. However, there are some areas even inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone that are still heavily contaminated with radiation. The tours only take the visitors on a set path that don’t have radiation contamination. Visitors are advised not to wander off into the forested areas, avoid eating the local mushrooms, be careful while exploring the abandoned buildings, and look out for broken girders, uncovered manholes, and unstable structures. To enter Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Pripyat, you need passes which are generally arranged by the authorised tour companies. Plus, radiation safety experts also accompany the visitors inside the Exclusion Zone and Pripyat.
During a 3-hour tour, tourists receive less than one microsievert of radiation (equal to 2-days in London/ new york)!