The control room in Chernobyl will be accessible to tourists more than 30 years after the disaster – despite the fact that it still has 40,000 times the normal radiation levels.
Visitors wearing protective suits and masks can look around the Unit 4 control room in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, where the disaster started.
Rare and apocalyptic images reveal the decaying room where the factory staff made a series of fatal errors in 1986 and then lost the battle in an attempt to prevent the disaster.
Aleksandr Novikov, head of the technical director of the Chernobyl plant, said: & Leonid Toptunov, who was on duty that evening, was my friend.
& # 39; He helped fight the consequences. He pumped water into the destroyed reactor after the explosion and died three weeks later. & # 39;
Journalists visit the control room of the fourth reactor of the plant at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine
Camera crews were given guided tours of the Unit 4 control room at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, where the disaster began
Visitors walk along the remains of the radar system above the horizon, known as & # 39; Duga & # 39 ;, not far from the city of Chernobyl
The Chernobyl control room, where radiation exceeds 40,000 times the standard, must be opened to tourists. Pictured are members of the media shown around the site
After the release of the CBO series Chernobyl, the place became one of the most popular destinations among tourists around the world.
The State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management designs the 21 new tourist routes to fuel the growing interest.
One of the new routes brings tourists to the control room where the disaster started.
The control room is in unit 4 where the nuclear reactor exploded. The radiation in the room currently exceeds the normal values 40,000 times.
The decaying control room of the fourth reactor of the plant at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Ukraine. Tourists can take guided tours in the factory's control room
The dusty controls of the control room in unit 4 where the 1986 nuclear reaction began. The radiation is still very high and visitors can stay in the room for up to five minutes
The radiation in the control room currently exceeds the normal measurements 40,000 times. Visitors must wear protective masks, suits and helmets
The remains of the radar system across the horizon not far from Chernobyl. It was part of the former Soviet missile defense radar network with early warning that was active in April 1986 and stopped after the factory disaster
Tourists get face masks, anti-radiation suits and large industrial boots before they can visit the room.
Due to the deadly radiation, they can only observe the room for five minutes.
According to Chernobyl staff, the place is extremely blood-curdling and even five minutes are enough to remember it for the rest of your life.
Vitaly Petruk, the head of the state agency: & # 39; The HBO series has increased interest in Chernobyl. Everyone now wants to see more and we are going to meet demand. & # 39;
In the course of this year, 85,000 people from around the world visited Ukraine to view the infamous site, local media report.
The Chernobyl disaster occurred on 26 April 1986 at unit number four at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
The duty personnel made mistakes during a safety test that caused the explosion of the nuclear reactor.
According to Chernobyl staff, the place is extreme & # 39; blood-curdling & # 39; and even five minutes are enough before you have to leave the area
The explosion of unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the early hours of April 26, 1986 is still considered the biggest accident in the history of nuclear power generation
The & # 39; Duga & # 39; radar system, where Soviet authorities, faced with an unprecedented scale of a nuclear disaster, attempted to control the situation by sending thousands of poorly equipped men in a radioactive grinding current
Workers paint a giant mural on the wall of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine. The explosion of unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the early hours of April 26, 1986 is still considered the biggest accident in the history of nuclear power generation
Soviet-era graffiti on a wall of the military base that worked with the & # 39; Duga & # 39; radar system where the radiation levels are still very high more than 30 years after the disaster
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