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Is it possible for tourists to go under the sarcophagus and inside the destroyed reactor?
Secret documents, reports, radiation maps that have only recently become publicly available, thousands of articles and books — all this endless amount of materials is not able to convey the real atmosphere of the exclusion zone. Maybe that’s why the 30-km territory that is unsuitable for living because of radiation is included in the top-visited places in the world, and Chernobyl tours are in great demand today. There are lots of the most frequently asked questions that many people are concerned about:
- what is happening now in cities like Pripyat and surrounding villages;
- should I be afraid of radiation during the tours of Chernobyl;
- is it possible to get inside the sarcophagus or the 4th power unit that exploded in 1986;
- what kind of works is carried out today at the plant;
- how it is possible to eliminate all contaminated equipment, nuclear fuel, and wastes.
Such answers people can get from a guide during the excursion and discover absolutely new and unique information. But some facts are worth special attention. For example, that Chernobyl NPP, even though it does not generate energy, is still an operating facility with 2400 workers. In particular, works are being carried out under the new shelter (the New Safe Confinement) of the old sarcophagus. At the moment, this object is the largest moving arch-shaped steel structure in the world that has stabilized the radiation background near the 4th reactor. The rest three reactors of NPP are no longer operating. But, of course, turning off a reactor is not the same as turning off some household appliances. It will take a lot of time to decommission them completely. Presumably, it will take another 45 years (until 2065).
Another worthy of note fact that some groups of tourists have a chance to see the 3rd reactor from the inside. It is exactly the same as the 4th one, but it’s in good condition. In this way, it can be demonstrated its operation and explained the cause of the accident. So, lots of foreigners come here with the purpose to learn details about the explosion. However, you will never visit the 4th power unit during the Chernobyl tour as entry is strictly limited. There is a risk of exposure to high and even fatal doses of radiation. For the same reasons, guests of the zone are not allowed to go under the sarcophagus.
Chernobyl excursion to the place of the irreparable tragedy
There are many prohibited places in the exclusion zone. But despite this, it also can amaze even the most demanding tourists whom, it would seem, are difficult to surprise. The area is full of mystery and secrecy. Gigantic installations and military factories, abandoned buildings, empty streets without signs of civilizations, soviet slogans and posters — all this makes the zone one of a kind. It means that everyone who would like to experience the Chernobyl tours from Kiev will receive a dose of unusual emotions and impressions. No other type of tourism is capable of giving a chance to feel the post-apocalyptic atmosphere of dead cities.
Going on a trip, firstly, you must choose a competent agency with passionate people who will guide you through the history of the disaster. If you want comfort buses, guarantees of safety, and the best Chernobyl tour prices, consider Go2Chernobyl. This agency will satisfy your expectations from nuclear tourism to the zone and even more.