Nuclear Safety Team Visit to Chernobyl and Pripyat – 8 November 2019.


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, close to the Ukraine–Belarus border, and is named after the nearby Pripyat River. The town was founded on 4 February 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 30k Exclusion Zone. Greeted by the friendly dogs, of which there are many on site – 8 November 2019.
2. 30k Checkpoint, entering the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – 8 November 2019.
3. Rooftops of Pripyat, with the NSC Arch visible in the mist on the horizon far distant, right – 8 November 2019.
4. Chernobyl No.26, The Commissar’s office standing derelict – 8 November 2019.
5. Chernobyl No.26, The Commissar’s office – 8 November 2019.
6. One of the many abandoned Pianos, Pripyat, Ukraine – 8 November 2019.
7. Dolls arranged on chairs in one of the abandoned primary schools in Prypyat, Ukraine – 8 November 2019.
8. Wall Art (graffiti) in one of the abandoned cooling towers (High resolution) – 8 November 2019.
9. Anthony Addington-Barker, in one of the two abandoned cooling towers, that were under construction for Reactors 5 & 6 at Chernobyl. Work on the cooling towers was abandoned following the 1986 Nuclear Disaster at Chernobyl – 8 November 2019.
10. An old tank used in the Chernobyl cleanup operation – 8 November 2019.
11. One of the abandoned dock cranes, standing over the Port of Pripyat like some tripod from H. G. Wells, War of the Worlds – 8 November 2019.
12. Rotting timbers on the Quayside, Port of Pripyat – 8 November 2019.
13. Old search light, Pripyat dock area – 8 November 2019.
14. One of the many old decaying boats, Port of Pripyat, Ukraine – 8 November 2019.

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

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