Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
On the morning of April 26, 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power
Plant in the USSR, a test was being conducted on Reactor 4. The
test was to check a new safety procedure to assist the operation
of the system in the event of a loss of electric power to the plant.
Through a tragic sequence of events triggered by the test, the reactor
core became extremely unstable, eventually resulting in explosions
that tore through the containing roof and released radioactive material
into the air. The poisoned air would carry as far as western Europe
and up into Scandinavia, with the majority of the fallout raining
down over the area around the Power Plant and the nearby city of
Pripyat, which was home to the workers and young families of the
next day, hundreds of buses arrived in Pripyat with an order of
an immediate (but temporary) evacuation. Over 49,000 inhabitants
would leave their homes (unknowingly), forever. In the days following,
evacuations continued to over 70 settlements & villages within
an area that would be come to be known as The Exclusion Zone.
to the Zone to learn more of the history of the world's worst nuclear
disaster and to photograph the ghosts that remain as Nature works
to reclaim and recover from the hand of man
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