KIEV, Ukraine – Want a better understanding of the world's worst nuclear disaster? Come tour the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Beginning next year, Ukraine plans to open up the sealed zone around the Chernobyl reactor to visitors who wish to learn more about the tragedy that occurred nearly a quarter of a century ago, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Monday.
Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 exploded on April 26, 1986, spewing radiation over a large swath of northern Europe. Hundreds of thousands of people were resettled from areas contaminated with radiation fallout in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Related health problems still persist.
The so-called exclusion zone, a highly contaminated area within a 30-mile (48-kilometer) radius of the exploded reactor, was evacuated and sealed off in the aftermath of the explosion. All visits were prohibited.
Answer by UpSheRises at 4:13 PM on Dec. 13, 2010
Answer by SavageGrl at 4:35 PM on Dec. 13, 2010
Answer by gammie at 4:38 PM on Dec. 13, 2010
Do they provide hazmat suits to the tourists?
I think I'll pass.
Answer by jsbenkert at 4:43 PM on Dec. 13, 2010
Answer by LoriKeet at 5:26 PM on Dec. 13, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 5:59 PM on Dec. 13, 2010
They guys on the Sci-Fi channel show Destination Truth went there. They had very specific guidelines and wore radiation badges so they knew when to leave the buildings. I don't know. I think that they were foolish to go into that town under the pretense of looking for ghosts for entertainment purposes. There are too many people who have risked their lives to constantly monitor that site for science. So, to answer your question, no friggin' way.
Answer by jesse123456 at 6:42 PM on Dec. 13, 2010
Answer by okmanders at 11:40 PM on Dec. 13, 2010
I have been to Hiroshima and Nagasaki so I guess I can go to Chernobyl next.
Answer by Natesmom507 at 12:51 AM on Dec. 14, 2010