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Chernobyl's
Ghost Metropolis

Elena's Picture Tour of Environs 18 Years Later

Snapshot highlights from photojournalist Elena, who traveled there in Spring 2004 to view the remains of the worst nuclear disaster in history in which as many as 400,000 died.

Thumbnail Sketches compiled by Sterling D. Allan, with permission.
March 28, 2004

Source: http://elenaschernobyl.com/
(elenaschernobyl.com presents the following images in larger size on a single page)


http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter24.html

        "In April 26, in year 1986 a guy named Akimov pushed wrong button and launched the biggest nuclear catastrophe." (Elena)

        "Who can count how many people died of radiation?  No one, even approximately. Some tell that 400,000 dead.  Soyuzchernobyl report of 300,000 people that died since 1986; and this is not over.  In 30 years people will still die." (Elena)


Elena


http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter1.html

 

Hold-outs

After the disaster, 3,500 people returned; 400 are still alive.


http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter3.html

 

Checkpoint


http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter5.html
(chemsuit photo was not taken by Elena)

 

Response Team Vehicles Graveyard

Rendered unusable because of radiation.


http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter6.html

 

Fire Station


http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter7.html

 

Chernobyl


http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter10.html

 

Busy Streets No More

Not one to be seen.


http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter11.html
http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter12.html

 

A Walk in the Park


http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter18.html

 

Scenic Views No More

Building on right is the one where Elena took panorama photos below.  During disaster, people watched the glow of Chernobyl from here.


http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter19.html

 

Ghost City Panorama

Entire city completely vacant.  See enlarged views.


http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter22.html

 

Vacant River Port


http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter6.html

 

Walk Through Town


http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter13.html
http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter15.html
http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter17.html
http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter20.html
http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter23.html

 

Countryside



http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter4.html
http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter5.html
http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter8.html
http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter9.html

 

'Rec.' (Wreck) Center


http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter24.html

 

Kindergarten


http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter25.html
http://www.angelfire.com/extreme4/kiddofspeed/chapter26.html

 

Credits

Special thanks to Aerielle Louise of http://lougentile.com/ who brought this to my attention.  And of course, a special thanks to Elena for bravely telling this story through photos.


Other Photos


 http://www.allvirtualware.com/ukrainianweb/images/chernobyl/chernobyl_zone.jpg

 

Chernobyl Fallout 1986


http://www.cmc.ec.gc.ca/~arqidor/ctbto/Chernobyl.gif

The distribution of Iodine-131 from the Chernobyl nuclear accident. The figure depicts the radioactivity field in Bq/kg at 850 mb. level on 00 UST, May 12, 1986, approximately 384 hours after the reactor explosion (the further details are discussed by Pudykiewicz, 1989) (ref)

Solutions to Ponder

Three Mile Island
  • Cold Fusion Pending Review by U.S. Department of Energy - Phenomenon discovered by Fleischmann and Pons in1989, then disavowed by the scientific establishment, but subsequently confirmed worldwide in thousands of experiments, may finally be recognized as a revolutionary discovery of science.
30mw laser-triggered cold fusion cell, Letts Laboratory

See also

  • Google > Chernobyl
  • Google News > Chernobyl - latest news reporting worldwide

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Page created by Sterling D. Allan, March 28, 2004
Last updated June 29, 2004