Chernobyl Nuclear Safety Team visit to Pripyat – 8 November 2019.

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On 8 November 2019, the Chernobyl Monitoring Consultant / Nuclear Safety Team (Thomas & Adamson and EBRD) met for a team building exercise which included a visit to Pripyat, Chernobyl and the surrounding area.

The town of Pripyat (При́пять) is in northern Ukraine, near the Ukraine–Belarus border, and is named after the nearby Pripyat River, the town was founded on February 4, 1970, in the Soviet Union, to serve the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979. On the afternoon of 27 April 1986, the day after the Chernobyl disaster, the authorities slowly began evacuation of the 49,300 population. Packing a small case each, they were informed they could return within three days, however, they never would, to this day the city stands deserted, as a reminder of the constituencies of a major nuclear accident.

1. Arrival at the Chernobyl 30 k Zone. Greeted by the friendly dogs which are abundant on site.
2. 30 k Checkpoint.
Rooftops of Pripyat Chernobyl
3. Rooftops of Pripyat, Chernobyl.. With the NSC Arch far distant.
Pripyat No.26 Commissar's office,Chernobyl.
4. Pripyat No.26 Commissar’s office,Chernobyl.
Pripyat No.26 Commissar's office,Chernobyl.
5. Pripyat No.26 Commissar’s office,Chernobyl.
Abandoned Piano in Pripyat
6. Abandoned Piano.
Dolls in Prypyat - Chernobyl
7. Dolls in Prypyat
Chernobyl graffiti
8. Chernobyl graffiti
Abandoned cooling tower, Chernobyl - Addington-Barker
9. Anthony Addington-Barker, abandoned cooling tower, Chernobyl – 8 November 2019.
Old Tank used in the Chernobyl cleanup operation.
10. Old tank used in the Chernobyl cleanup operation.
Abandoned Dock Crane, Chernobyl
11. Abandoned Dock Crane
Pripyat dockside cranes
12. Pripyat dockside cranes, standing like dinosaurs or something from H. G. Wells war of the worlds.
Pripyat dockside
13. Pripyat dockside.
Pripyat dock area
14. Old search light, Pripyat dock area.
Old boats. Pripyat
15. Old decaying boats. Pripyat.

A short video about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on the 26 April 1986, and how nature is slowly reclaiming the town of Pripyat.

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Other References:
1. Photos; Duga Radar (Chernobyl-2) from Shutterstock
2. Further reading: Duga Radar (Chernobyl-2)
3. NSC site visit