Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Buried in the Exclusion Zone

Cemeteries within the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Zone. The exclusion zone is a 30km radius surrounding the plant, all of whose reactors are now closed. The Exclusion Zone was established soon after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, in order to evacuate the local population and to prevent people from entering the heavily contaminated territory. Although some of the radioactive isotopes released into the atmosphere still linger, they are at tolerable exposure levels for limited periods of time. Some residents of the exclusion zone have returned to their homes at their own free will, and they live in areas with higher than normal environmental radiation levels. 

The zone is controlled by the Administration of the Alienation Zone within Ukraine's Ministry of Emergencies and Affairs of Population Protection from Consequences of Chernobyl Catastrophe. The territory of the zone is policed by special units of the MVS and  the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine. Any residential, civil or business activities in the zone are legally prohibited and punishable. The only officially recognized exceptions are the functioning of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and scientific installations related to the studies of nuclear safety.

Info from here
Photos(with exception of the last one) property of swalker.ru(link is in Russian)

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