Inside Chernobyl

Collection with 84 media items created by Michael Biach

Ukraine 23 Feb 2021 10:08

On April 26th, 1986, a number of wrong decisions have lead to greatest nuclear disaster of mankind. In the aftermath more than 200,000 people had be evacuated, 50,000 people alone from the town of Pripyat. This reportage explores the aftermath 35 years after the catastrophe, exploring the Nuclear Power Plant Chernobyl with its four different units (including infamous control room 4, where the fatal decisions happened). It also explores abandoned towns, the ghost-town of Pripyat. There are portraits of one of the last resettlers, elderly people who decided to live in the Zone.

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04 Feb 2021

Snow is falling over a field where abandoned vehicles are resting.

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04 Feb 2021

Inside control room number three. The room is an identical twin of infamous control room number 4, but completley intact. Radiation levels inside control room 3 are not as high as in control room number 4. So people are able to learn more about how the control room and the reactor number 4 worked before acutally visiting control room 4.

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04 Feb 2021

Employees of the Nuclear Power Plant Chernobyl are working inside control room number one. Reactor One is not producing energy anymore but is still in use as a storage reactor for energy and is providing Kyiv with energy. The interior of control room number one is still looking like in the 1980s.

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04 Feb 2021

A man dressed in protective clothes is walking through the narrow way inside the so-called golden corridor, a straight way through the nuclear power plant of Chernobyl, leading to the control rooms of recator 3 and 4.

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04 Feb 2021

A worker at the Nuclear Power Plant Chernobyl is being scanned for radiation. Workers have to pass several radiation checkpoints before leaving the powerplant.

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04 Feb 2021

Inside control room number three. The room is an identical twin of infamous control room number 4, but completley intact. Radiation levels inside control room 3 are not as high as in control room number 4. So people are able to learn more about how the control room and the reactor number 4 worked before acutally visiting control room 4.

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04 Feb 2021

A tourist is taking a photo of devices from Reactor Number Three Inside control room number three. The room is an identical twin of infamous control room number 4, but completley intact. Radiation levels inside control room 3 are not as high as in control room number 4. So people are able to learn more about how the control room and the reactor number 4 worked before acutally visiting control room 4.

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04 Feb 2021

Devices from Reactor Number Three Inside control room number three. The room is an identical twin of infamous control room number 4, but completley intact. Radiation levels inside control room 3 are not as high as in control room number 4. So people are able to learn more about how the control room and the reactor number 4 worked before acutally visiting control room 4.

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04 Feb 2021

Devices from Reactor Number Three Inside control room number three. The room is an identical twin of infamous control room number 4, but completley intact. Radiation levels inside control room 3 are not as high as in control room number 4. So people are able to learn more about how the control room and the reactor number 4 worked before acutally visiting control room 4.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Inside control room number three. The room is an identical twin of infamous control room number 4, but completley intact. Radiation levels inside control room 3 are not as high as in control room number 4. So people are able to learn more about how the control room and the reactor number 4 worked before acutally visiting control room 4.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Inside control room number three. The room is an identical twin of infamous control room number 4, but completley intact. Radiation levels inside control room 3 are not as high as in control room number 4. So people are able to learn more about how the control room and the reactor number 4 worked before acutally visiting control room 4. Visitors are looking at a

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Inside the infamous Control Room Number 4. This is the exact place where in the early morning hours of April 26th, 1986, a number of wrong decisions lead to the greatest nuclear catastrophe of mankind. The control room shines purple, a result of the constant decontamination measures.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Inside the infamous Control Room Number 4. This is the exact place where in the early morning hours of April 26th, 1986, a number of wrong decisions lead to the greatest nuclear catastrophe of mankind. The control room shines purple, a result of the constant decontamination measures.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Inside the infamous Control Room Number 4. This is the exact place where in the early morning hours of April 26th, 1986, a number of wrong decisions lead to the greatest nuclear catastrophe of mankind. The control room shines purple, a result of the constant decontamination measures.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Inside the infamous Control Room Number 4. This is the exact place where in the early morning hours of April 26th, 1986, a number of wrong decisions lead to the greatest nuclear catastrophe of mankind. The control room shines purple, a result of the constant decontamination measures.

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Visitors in front of the Memorial for Valery Khodemchuk, the first victim of the explosion of reactor 4 at the Nuclear Power Plant Chernobyl. Khodemchuk had the night shift as a circulating pump operator and was killed by the explosion. His body was never found and it is presumed that he is entombed under the remains of the circulation pumps.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Inside the infamous Control Room Number 4. This is the exact place where in the early morning hours of April 26th, 1986, a number of wrong decisions lead to the greatest nuclear catastrophe of mankind. The control room shines purple, a result of the constant decontamination measures.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Inside the infamous Control Room Number 4. This is the exact place where in the early morning hours of April 26th, 1986, a number of wrong decisions lead to the greatest nuclear catastrophe of mankind. The control room shines purple, a result of the constant decontamination measures.

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04 Feb 2021

The water pumps of reactor 3 at the Nuclear Power Plant Chernobyl.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Visitors in front of the Memorial for Valery Khodemchuk, the first victim of the explosion of reactor 4 at the Nuclear Power Plant Chernobyl. Khodemchuk had the night shift as a circulating pump operator and was killed by the explosion. His body was never found and it is presumed that he is entombed under the remains of the circulation pumps.

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04 Feb 2021

A technician is standing on the fuel channels above the core of Reactor Number 3 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The radioactive wreckage of exploded Reactor Number 4 is hiding behind a massive concrete wall only less than 70 meters away. On April 26th, 1986, a worker noticed that the channels went up and down. Seconds later the core of Reactor Number 4 exploded causing the world's greatest atomic disaster with tons of nuclear fuel escaping into the atmosphere.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Visitors are standing on the fuel channels above the core of Reactor Number 3 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The radioactive wreckage of exploded Reactor Number 4 is hiding behind a massive concrete wall only less than 70 meters away. On April 26th, 1986, a worker noticed that the channels went up and down. Seconds later the core of Reactor Number 4 exploded causing the world's greatest atomic disaster with tons of nuclear fuel escaping into the atmosphere.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Oleksandr Rybak, who has worked inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for more than 12 years now, is a showing an image of workers on the construction site of the sarcophagous in 1986 after the Chernobyl reactor explosion. Behind him the new safe confinement is seen. The construction had been completed and opened in July 2019. Construction costs were about 1.5 billion Euro. The new safe confinment is able to work for 100 years before it need to be replaced. Also the monument to the casaulties is seen in front of the new safe confinement.

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04 Feb 2021

Oleksandr Rybak, who has worked inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for more than 12 years now, is a showing an image of workers on the construction site of the sarcophagous in 1986 after the Chernobyl reactor explosion. Behind him the new safe confinement is seen. The construction had been completed and opened in July 2019. Construction costs were about 1.5 billion Euro. The new safe confinment is able to work for 100 years before it need to be replaced. Also the monument to the casaulties is seen in front of the new safe confinement.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

The new safe confinement is seen in the background, covering the damaged sarcophagous of reactor 4. The construction had been completed and opened in July 2019. Construction costs were about 1.5 billion Euro. The new safe confinment is able to work for 100 years before it need to be replaced. Also the monument to the casaulties is seen in front of the new safe confinement.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Oleksandr Rybak, who has worked inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for more than 12 years now, is a showing an image of workers on the construction site of the sarcophagous in 1986 after the Chernobyl reactor explosion. Behind him the new safe confinement is seen. The construction had been completed and opened in July 2019. Construction costs were about 1.5 billion Euro. The new safe confinment is able to work for 100 years before it need to be replaced. Also the monument to the casaulties is seen in front of the new safe confinement.

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04 Feb 2021

An abandoned house is reclaimed by nature in the nearly abandoned village of Kupuváte inside the Chernobyl Exclusion zone.

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The only bar in the town of Chernobyl where workers can buy food, drinks and coffee. The selling of alcohol before 7pm is prohipited.

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Radioactive contaminated robotic machines and vehicles are on display in the town of Chernobyl. These machines were used by liquidators to collect the nuclear waste in the aftermath of explosion of reactor 4. All machines are highly contaminated.

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04 Feb 2021

Hanna Zavorótnja inside her house in Kupuváte inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Like nearly 200,000 other people, Hanna was forced to leave her home after the nuclear disaster following the explosion of reactor number four at the Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl on April 2th, 1986. In 1988 some hundred elderly peope decided to go back to their home towns. First discouraged by officials they were later granted to live inside the exclusion zone. In 2004 Hanna's husband died. Two weeks prior to this visit her sister, who also lived with her, also died. Now Hanna spends her final days alone in the abandoned village of Kupuváte.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Hanna Zavorótnja inside her house in Kupuváte inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Like nearly 200,000 other people, Hanna was forced to leave her home after the nuclear disaster following the explosion of reactor number four at the Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl on April 2th, 1986. In 1988 some hundred elderly peope decided to go back to their home towns. First discouraged by officials they were later granted to live inside the exclusion zone. In 2004 Hanna's husband died. Two weeks prior to this visit her sister, who also lived with her, also died. Now Hanna spends her final days alone in the abandoned village of Kupuváte.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Hanna Zavorótnja inside her house in Kupuváte inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Like nearly 200,000 other people, Hanna was forced to leave her home after the nuclear disaster following the explosion of reactor number four at the Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl on April 2th, 1986. In 1988 some hundred elderly peope decided to go back to their home towns. First discouraged by officials they were later granted to live inside the exclusion zone. In 2004 Hanna's husband died. Two weeks prior to this visit her sister, who also lived with her, also died. Now Hanna spends her final days alone in the abandoned village of Kupuváte.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Hanna Zavorótnja inside her house in Kupuváte inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Like nearly 200,000 other people, Hanna was forced to leave her home after the nuclear disaster following the explosion of reactor number four at the Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl on April 2th, 1986. In 1988 some hundred elderly peope decided to go back to their home towns. First discouraged by officials they were later granted to live inside the exclusion zone. In 2004 Hanna's husband died. Two weeks prior to this visit her sister, who also lived with her, also died. Now Hanna spends her final days alone in the abandoned village of Kupuváte.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Hanna Zavorótnja inside her house in Kupuváte inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Like nearly 200,000 other people, Hanna was forced to leave her home after the nuclear disaster following the explosion of reactor number four at the Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl on April 2th, 1986. In 1988 some hundred elderly peope decided to go back to their home towns. First discouraged by officials they were later granted to live inside the exclusion zone. In 2004 Hanna's husband died. Two weeks prior to this visit her sister, who also lived with her, also died. Now Hanna spends her final days alone in the abandoned village of Kupuváte.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Hanna Zavorótnja inside her house in Kupuváte inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Like nearly 200,000 other people, Hanna was forced to leave her home after the nuclear disaster following the explosion of reactor number four at the Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl on April 2th, 1986. In 1988 some hundred elderly peope decided to go back to their home towns. First discouraged by officials they were later granted to live inside the exclusion zone. In 2004 Hanna's husband died. Two weeks prior to this visit her sister, who also lived with her, also died. Now Hanna spends her final days alone in the abandoned village of Kupuváte.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Hanna Zavorótnja inside her house in Kupuváte inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Like nearly 200,000 other people, Hanna was forced to leave her home after the nuclear disaster following the explosion of reactor number four at the Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl on April 2th, 1986. In 1988 some hundred elderly peope decided to go back to their home towns. First discouraged by officials they were later granted to live inside the exclusion zone. In 2004 Hanna's husband died. Two weeks prior to this visit her sister, who also lived with her, also died. Now Hanna spends her final days alone in the abandoned village of Kupuváte.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Hanna Zavorótnja inside her house in Kupuváte inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Like nearly 200,000 other people, Hanna was forced to leave her home after the nuclear disaster following the explosion of reactor number four at the Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl on April 2th, 1986. In 1988 some hundred elderly peope decided to go back to their home towns. First discouraged by officials they were later granted to live inside the exclusion zone. In 2004 Hanna's husband died. Two weeks prior to this visit her sister, who also lived with her, also died. Now Hanna spends her final days alone in the abandoned village of Kupuváte.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Hanna Zavorótnja inside her house in Kupuváte inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Like nearly 200,000 other people, Hanna was forced to leave her home after the nuclear disaster following the explosion of reactor number four at the Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl on April 2th, 1986. In 1988 some hundred elderly peope decided to go back to their home towns. First discouraged by officials they were later granted to live inside the exclusion zone. In 2004 Hanna's husband died. Two weeks prior to this visit her sister, who also lived with her, also died. Now Hanna spends her final days alone in the abandoned village of Kupuváte.

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By Michael Biach
04 Feb 2021

Hanna Zavorótnja inside her house in Kupuváte inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Like nearly 200,000 other people, Hanna was forced to leave her home after the nuclear disaster following the explosion of reactor number four at the Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl on April 2th, 1986. In 1988 some hundred elderly peope decided to go back to their home towns. First discouraged by officials they were later granted to live inside the exclusion zone. In 2004 Hanna's husband died. Two weeks prior to this visit her sister, who also lived with her, also died. Now Hanna spends her final days alone in the abandoned village of Kupuváte.