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Chernobyl Reactor Number 4 by Robgrafix Chernobyl Reactor Number 4 by Robgrafix
Reactor 4 was the site of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 and the power plant is now within a large restricted area known as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

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Growing up i got a fascination for post-apocalyptic scenarios, from movies like mad max, hardware, and games like fallout, wasteland and mutant. Later I got a taste for taking photos in Urban Exploration enviroment. So the idea of one day taking a trip to chernobyl as been a a favorite one for a long time. Last month ive got on a plane and went down to ukraine with two friends, and we got a private guided tour in the exclusion zone.

“An area extending 19 miles (31 km) in all directions from the plant is known as the “zone of alienation.” It is largely uninhabited, except for a few residents who have refused to leave. The area has largely reverted to forest. Even today, radiation levels are so high that the workers responsible for rebuilding the sarcophagus are only allowed to work five hours a day for one month before taking 15 days of rest. Ukrainian officials estimate the area will not be safe for human life again for another 20,000 years”
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shadesmaclean Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing! Aside from "official business" I didn't know anyone was actually allowed that close to the site. :|
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:iconiamcheese22:
Well it's quite possible that the photographer got a good angle and zoomed it in as much as they could. The same principle applies to a lot of those nature documentaries where it looks like the camera crew is up close, but you find they're miles away from the animals. Reactor 4 was Ground Zero, so no one is allowed there, (for obvious reasons) and even if you book a tour for anywhere else in the area, the parts where the radiation has drastically lowered to safer levels, are STILL considered unsafe. I hear (and this might have changed over time) but you can go to some spots where the radiation is a BIT dangerous, but the thing is you can't be there long. Like, a few seconds tops. I'm really interested to see what will become of Chernobyl and Pripyat when the radiation has gone down to safer levels, but it seems for now, it will still be a ghost town, frozen in history and eternal silence.
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:iconwarthogdemon:
Nice shot. :)

Odd question, but something I really would like to know (and I know some people wait a while before putting their photos up): you uploaded this around the same time you took this, right? December of 2012?
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Robgrafix Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)

Yeah thats weird. Whya ya figure its like that?
Actually i took these in the last week of october. Didnt upload them earlier cuz deviants crappy uploads for many images :)
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PurpleShootingStar Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Chernobyl and Pripyat photos! Great job. Wish I could go there someday too.
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Robgrafix Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks alot. You can, just do it ;)
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