In 1986 REACTOR NUMBER 4 exploded.
Residents were forced out of their homes, and given only hours to collect all they could carry. They believed that they would be home again soon, but almost 3 decades later, the towns and villages of the Chernobyl exclusion zone are still deserted. Devoid of all human life, radiation has turned this land into an urban wasteland. It’s a tragic story of human folly, but for the dark tourist it’s better than Christmas.
Here are a few of the things I saw in the Exclusion Zone! Radiation level, high.
Highway to the Danger Zone!
The lost villages.
Empty beds in an empty kindergarten.
A lovely day at the funfair.
Fancy a swim?
School’s out forever.
Radioactive gas masks.
A radioactive gym.
A radioactive truck.
The Russian Woodpecker. The Soviet’s loved their giant radar contraptions. The bigger the better.
All Photos Property of Richard Collett
For more photos from the road, then check out The Things I Saw In Bosnia.