Kenopsia (n.) – an atmosphere of a place that’s usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet.
Yes, Chernobyl… that Chernobyl. Let’s start with the history of this place and after that, I will show you the pictures I made there in March 2018.
The year 2018 marks 32 years since the Chernobyl accident. The accident occurred during a late-night safety test which simulated a station blackout power-failure. It failed and a fire started and for 9 days produced considerable updrafts, that threw radioactive material over Europe. The Prypiat town was not immediately evacuated. And after a few days, the people living there were asked to leave their houses, their jobs and everything and go into a safe zone. BUT, they were told that they will only leave for 3 days, so they left the zone with almost nothing in the luggage. After that… they were not allowed to come back. Only in Prypiat were 49,000 inhabitants. It’s a very long story about the years after the accident, but let’s talk about the present.
Sooo… I always wanted to visit this place. And in March 2018 I finally got here.
I must tell you that the Chernobyl town is inhabited by the power plant workers. The power plant is still functional, except the reactor number 4.
There are some very strict rules if you want to visit the city of Prypiat, that is complete abandoned. For example, you are not allowed to touch anything, no vegetation, no pets, you are not allowed to drink water or eat food from the zone. Also, you are not allowed to eat when you are in Prypiat. You must wear boots, long pants and long sleeve blouse. And also is better to wear a mask, normal mask, so that you don’t inhale the radioactive dust and many more other rules that you must respect. AND most important you are not allowed to enter the buildings, because are in advanced stage of degradation and it may collapse or you can end injured because many things are collapsing in the buildings.
The vegetation is taking back its place and many trees began to grow through the concrete walls.
SO… when you get there you have a feeling that the time stopped 32 years ago. Almost everything is left untouched. So you realise how small and fragile we are. You can die at any moment or you can leave all of your earnings in one place, where you never come back and you must start again only with the clothes that are you wearing.
It’s thrilling to be there and see… no words can describe. You are invaded by emotions.
I leave you with the pictures and with the promise that soon i will publish the part 2 of this experience, with more pictures.
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