Monday, May 28, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Ghost Behind Door #2.

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This photo was taken in an unknown town within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, but well south of Chernobyl. This town, while not all that big from what I could see, did have this rather important looking building smack in the middle of it. It appeared to be some type of Performing Arts Center, but a town this small would not normally have something like this. Maybe it was a combination school / community center / performing arts center? I can't tell you.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Chernobyl Reactor #4

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Chernobyl Reactor #4, seen to the left of the red and white tower, famously blew it's top in 1986. This photo, taken on April 27, 2012, occurred one day after a new milestone for this disaster. Because, one day earlier, the construction phase of the "New Safe Confinement" unit began. (The planning and creating new project infrastructure phase had been ongoing for five years now). The "New Safe Confinement" is being built a few hundred meters (yards, for the metrically challenged) from Chernobyl #4's current sarcophagus, and when it is completed in 2015, will be moved into place on specially laid tracks and will cover the existing sarcophagus. Once in place, the existing sarcophagus will be dismantled.

From Wikipedia…

The NSC design is an arch-shaped steel structure with an internal height of 92.5 metres (303.5 ft), and a 12-metre (39.4 ft) distance between the centers of the upper and lower arch chords. The internal span of the arch is to be 245 metres (803.8 ft), and the external span is to be 270 metres (885.8 ft). The dimensions of the arch were determined based upon the need to operate equipment inside the new shelter and decommission the existing shelter. The overall length of the structure is 150 metres (492.1 ft), consisting of 13 arches assembled 12.5 metres (41 ft) apart to form 12 bays. The ends of the structure will be sealed by vertical walls assembled around, but not supported by, the existing structures of the reactor building.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Chernobyl Memorial, Vyshgorod

A new memorial unveiled for the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Located in Vyshgorod, Ukraine, around 50 miles, 65 km from Chernobyl.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

Church of St. Illya, Chernobyl

Located in the town of Chernobyl, 12 km from the power plant that so famously blew it's top in 1986. It is said that even at the height of the Chernobyl crisis, this church never missed a regularly scheduled service.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Chernobyl Bulldozer

A Journey to the Exclusion Zone.

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This was seen in the town of Chernobyl, 12 km south of the power plant of the same name. Vehicles similar to this were used in the cleanup of the Chernobyl power plant in 1986. However, high levels of radiation affected the ability to use these machines effectively, since the signals and electronics were affected.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Radioactive ~ A Chernobyl Journey

A Journey to the Exclusion Zone.

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Part of the former village of Kopachi. This is within the 10km zone of the power plant.

While I do have a lot of photos from this trip, per my usual procedure, don't expect to see hundreds of them right away. You'll likely see only 1-3 a week. I want to ensure that each photo reflects what I actually saw and experienced, not what a Canon engineer or some manufacturer of camera sensors say I saw.