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1/ After watching the tv series, I went to #Chernobyl where in 1986 worst nuclear disaster in history happened.

Buildings crumbling, nature taking over, population gone, wild horses, Lenin still standing. Chernobyl is a time capsule.

My story at @akhbar

2/ After filming this #Chernobyl report, I threw away my clothes and this was first time I do that after a story. Officially radiation isn't a problem in Chernobyl but hey, you never know.

Anyhow story is in Arabic but I'll do this thread in English to explain a bit.

3/ To visit the 30 km exclusion zone around #Chernobyl, you need a permission.

As you can only enter the exclusion zone with a guide, your tour operator will also organize the permission to enter. You need to do this about a week before your visit.

4/ When you visit #Chernobyl, many ask you about dangers of radiation and if you come back glowing with extra arm on your back.

Ukraine authorities say it's totally safe to visit. You're exposed to less radiation than during a regular flight. At least that's what they say.
5/ Chernobyl reactor Nr4 is located in center of 30kms wide exclusion zone.

City of Pripyat (3km from reactor Nr4) is 33yrs later still uninhabited, nature taking over.

City of #Chernobyl (13km from reactor Nr4) only inhabited by workers who are doing 15day on/15day off shifts.
6/ I could get about 400 meters far from Reactor Nr 4, the place where nuclear accident happened.

Over the years authorities built - with int. support - a huge sarcophagus around Reactor Nr.4 to limit radiation levels. This process is still going on 33 yrs after the accident.
7/ Visiting the #Chernobyl exclusion zone is a pretty amazing experience.

What definitely stays with you is the fact that nature just takes over when humans are gone, even in a place where a nuclear disaster has taken place.

Here some pics from my trip.

8/ After the 1986 accident, 130.000+ people were evacuated from #Chernobyl exclusion zone.

But 100, mostly elderly people, refused to leave their homes. They still live there. Deep in the forest I met energetic 85 yr old Anna. "I feel very healthy, never was sick," she said.
9/ When I visited #Chernobyl zone, there were buses with (mostly Western) tourists.

#ChernobylHBO series generated so called #darktourism to the area. This brings much needed income for local economy. There are 3 (basic) hotels in Chernobyl. I stayed one night in one of them.
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