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by Qikz » Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:39 am

Doesn't radiation usually disperse about 30 years on? I wonder if they'll ever be able to make chernobyl inhabitable again, although I doubt anyone would like to live there anymore. It would be rather disrespectful.
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by Brerlappin » Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:41 am

StayingDead wrote:Doesn't radiation usually disperse about 30 years on? I wonder if they'll ever be able to make chernobyl inhabitable again, although I doubt anyone would like to live there anymore. It would be rather disrespectful.


Not in chernobyl, they say itl lbe radiactive for HUNDREDS of years. And thanks everyone for the positive replies! i wasnt sure how this would go down at all!
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by Qikz » Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:46 am

31 workers died shortly afterwards. A total of between 600,000 and 800,000 men were involved in the clean-up operations in Chernobyl up to 1989. Of these men, 300,000 received radiation doses 500 times the limit for the public over one year. Today, the ones who still survive are still suffering from the damage to their health.


It's amazing to think that some of them managed to survive the explosions, It must of been so scary what they saw.

Scientists predict that the next nuclear catastrophe in the scale of Chernobyl will be in Chernobyl itself, due to the fragile status of its protective shield.
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by new*allusion » Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:48 am

Wow. Incredible pictures. Thanks for sharing!
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by abcd » Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:50 am

Amazing photos...

It all seems rather harrowing.
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by Brerlappin » Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:52 am

StayingDead wrote:
31 workers died shortly afterwards. A total of between 600,000 and 800,000 men were involved in the clean-up operations in Chernobyl up to 1989. Of these men, 300,000 received radiation doses 500 times the limit for the public over one year. Today, the ones who still survive are still suffering from the damage to their health.


It's amazing to think that some of them managed to survive the explosions, It must of been so scary what they saw.

Scientists predict that the next nuclear catastrophe in the scale of Chernobyl will be in Chernobyl itself, due to the fragile status of its protective shield.


Sergei, the tour operator told us this before we left on the tour. His words were 'the problem with chernobyl isnt over, i think its only just beginning'. That scared the strawberry float out of me, truth be told :shock:
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by rogwilco » Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:56 am

Wow! Really interesting stuff there BLH. Thanks for sharing it with us. One question though, when you mentioned the tale of the people that perished on the bridge and the fact they all received 500R's worth of radiation, surely the bridge would remain highly radioactive to even get close to? Why/how has it become safe-ish to walk on now?
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by Gandalf » Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:02 pm

strawberry floating hell! :shock:

That was fantastic BLH, thank you for posting all that, and your text was fitting too.
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by Brerlappin » Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:02 pm

rogwilco wrote:Wow! Really interesting stuff there BLH. Thanks for sharing it with us. One question though, when you mentioned the tale of the people that perished on the bridge and the fact they all received 500R's worth of radiation, surely the bridge would remain highly radioactive to even get close to? Why/how has it become safe-ish to walk on now?


to be quite honest i dont know, i assume the radiation levels there have gone to a safe level, i mean i was literally standing right outside the reactor that blew up, which would have been the most dangerous area back then, and is okay now. I mean tis all still radioactive tho, its really only safe to take short trips there, im sure if you hung out on the bridge for a few days, youd get a nice dose of leukaemia
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by Clarkman » Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:06 pm

BLH, I am now seriously considering going myself in summer. Could you PM me the details of what you paid etc and what airport you flew to? My friend has a house in Kharkiv which we could stay in before we head to Chernobyl, but I'd love to hear how you got about etc.
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by Brerlappin » Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:08 pm

Clarkman wrote:BLH, I am now seriously considering going myself in summer. Could you PM me the details of what you paid etc and what airport you flew to? My friend has a house in Kharkiv which we could stay in before we head to Chernobyl, but I'd love to hear how you got about etc.


sure thing, ill PM you in a bit
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by IntergalacticSpacePenguin » Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:25 pm

I showed your pictures to my dad and he mentioned that one of guys he worked/works with was one of the engineers who had to deal with Chernobyl. Will have to check if he's still there because it would be nice to ask him some questions.

This is in a fish factory btw, as his work permit/ visa thingy won't let him do much else. It still pays better than his old job in Russia and god knows what he could earn as an engineer here with his level of qualification and experence.

Edit - turns out he's moved on. :(
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by Brerlappin » Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:34 pm

IntergalacticSpacePenguin wrote:I showed your pictures to my dad and he mentioned that one of guys he worked/works with was one of the engineers who had to deal with Chernobyl. Will have to check if he's still there because it would be nice to ask him some questions.

This is in a fish factory btw, as his work permit/ visa thingy won't let him do much else. It still pays better than his old job in Russia and god knows what he could earn as an engineer here with his level of qualification and experence.

Edit - turns out he's moved on. :(


man that sucks, well hopefully hes moved onto something better fitting his qualifications!
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by Hulohot » Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:43 pm

Amazing photographs. Nicely done. I read this last night at 4.am on my PS3 and ended up having a weird dream where everywhere was radioactive and I could taste it. :?
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by Pasta Disaster » Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:01 pm

Really amazing pictures and sounds like a fantastic trip - must have been so eerily quiet there!

On a truly geeky note, I'm really surprised how COD4 has captured the same feel of the place as you have!
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by smurphy » Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:17 pm

Brerlappins little hat wrote:Sergei, the tour operator told us this before we left on the tour. His words were 'the problem with chernobyl isnt over, i think its only just beginning'. That scared the strawberry float out of me, truth be told :shock:


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by darksideby182 » Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:29 pm

the pics look amazing sounds like it was well worth it

the fish look like chub or dace gets load in our rivers
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by Abs » Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:39 pm

Amazing photos, really bizzare and creepy.
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by emilythestrange » Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:47 pm

Brerlappins little hat wrote:first post updated with the rest of the pics! Yeah it was one hell of an experience. By the end i really felt conflicted tho, it was like i felt guilty, for me it was an experience of a lifetime, but for the 20,000 people who lost their homes it wasnt fun, and an estimated 300,000 people in total have been killed of affected by the radiation. I wont forget it for a long time tho. Id advise anyone whos thinking about it to just do it tho. Getting there was such a ******* nightmare, but in the end, it was more than worth the hassle.

Emily, we stayed for about 3 - 4 hours. Apparrently its fine for a day to stay there, but hang around too long and you wont be leaving! The scariest part is when you leave, you have to go through decontamination. Its like a turnstile at a football ground, you stand on it, put your hands on the side, and if youre clean, you get a green light and the little gate opens. If youre not clean....it doesnt open :shock:
Mini E if youd like to translate any of this feel free, im curious to know myself :D


It sounds like it's straight out of Final Fantasy: Spirits Within! :shock:
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by Pilch » Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:58 pm

You've just made a potentially boring day very interesting indeed, BLH. Awe inspiring photos. How long were you in Ukraine for and how long did the actual tour last?

EDIT: I see you've already answered those questions. My bad!

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