The Exclusion Zone has an eeriness to it which is heightened by the giant power plant looming at its center. An already massive building housing four reactors was made even more so once the Sarcophagus was slid into place over it late in 2016. This gleaming new dome, at over three hundred feet tall, is easily visible for miles around.
Ironically, this building, which will house the extremely toxic remains of the ’86 meltdown for upwards of a century, is relatively safe to approach. One needs to worry more about the Ukrainian army personnel stationed around it than radiation from the reactor itself; I had my camera briefly confiscated for taking photos of the perimeter. (The Sarcophagus itself is fine to shoot, but for whatever reason the fence surrounding it is a national security interest).
A mile or so away stands the unfinished fifth reactor, which was under construction when the explosion took place. Today, though technically off-limits, it and its enormous accompanying cooling towers are an urbex photographer’s playground.
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Wow. That unfinished cooling tower is something else. And I’ve heard about how massive that sarcophagus is, I can’t imagine seeing it in person. Is there something stateside we can relate the size too, for perspective? How is it compared to a large NFL stadium?
I’m also impressed with Ukraine for letting tourists visit this area. I could easily see another regime disallowing all people from even going there. Nice shots as usual, my friend.
Thanks! That is the case with neighboring Belarus, which is a stone’s throw from here: their section is totally off limits. I don’t think they have as much to see, though.
As to the size of the Sarcophagus, I don’t think it’s quite stadium sized, but I think it would cover a football field easily with room to spare.
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