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My trip to the Chernobyl Radiation Exclusion Zone
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Sorry been gone so long. been on travels..

About the "Zone":
There are 2 zones.

the 30 km control zone which rarely has significant radiation levels and IMO could/should be opened back up to human habitation.

I had my dose rate meter with me and it read above 0.30 micro Sieverts only once in the 30km zone  (that's the Ukr Gov't limit for public access settlement, that is rated safe for lifetime human habitation and IMO conservatively so)

Background in Kiev (capital of Ukraine) is 0.10 micro Sieverts.
This zone still has some very interesting post apocalyptic views .
And the center is the the 10km zone....:

This zone does have some noticeable hot spots and my dose rate meter ("Geiger counter") saw several hot spots..

Most of all the former "red Forest" (so named due to discoloration from the release).

There you cna find as much as 120 micro Sieverts or about 1200 times natural background for the region.

While not safe for lifetime habitation or even long term occupancy it is still safe to walk through and in a tactical situation I would not hesitate to use an area like this as a cache location, or even for a patrol lay up position especially since most would figure no one would be there.

Luckily my physical shape has just been exploding in the last 4 weeks after going downhill ever since I left the Army..
Been getting back into shape and it showed.

Needed upper body to pull myself up ladders and core/legs/agility for running up 16 and more floors of rain soaked steps w/o railings..

And I do mean running .....everyone else in our small group was a 20 or 30 something and we were in a hurry to get thru everything before darkness .. I am happy to say I was able to keep up and that my Russian was (barely) good enough for very basic communication..

2 months ago I might not have kept up...

...there is a lesson learned there somewhere...  Wink

And now to the pics!

PS: I own all the copyrights to these pics.. 304


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Hope everyone enjoyed the Pics.

I just wish I had my trusty Nissan truck with me out there Smile
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Very interesting. I have always wondered about so many of the buildings with all the windows busted out. Is that something the Russian government has done to prevent contaminated air from being trapped inside the buildings, if such a thing is possible? I Would be leery of touching anything with my bare hands. Is that a concern? I remembered a TV show taking a group and requiring them to NOT touch anything and seemed like they had to wear shoe covers. But that could just have been for a TV show.
Don't know that Chernobyl would be on my list of sites to see if I were to visit Russia, but interesting anyway. Kinda gives you a glimpse into a post apocalyptic world.

Thanks for the pictures.
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MDawg:

The windows are busted because liquidators came in and threw out all the contents of the apartments to discourage PPL from coming back.

Also after the fall of the Soviet Union a lot of looters came and broke out metal frames for scrap finishing off the rest.

Radiation threat is minimal in most areas.
About 3 times background which is innocuous even for permanent habitation.
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