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