Chernobyl Travel Blog› entry 2 of 4 › view all entries
Then on Friday we were picked up and driven out to the Chernobyl information centre, where an English speaking guide told us some propaganda about the accident and what is happening now. We were all surprised to learn that there are still 4000ish people still working at the plant (research and de-commissioning etc) and that there are up to 3 tours a day in the summer.
Then they drove us out to the plant, where we met with a specialist, who used a model to show us what happened and what it looks like now. We were only about 200m from the reactor itself.
Some fun facts for you….there were supposed to be 12 reactors built on the site, 5 and 6 were being built, and they are just sitting there half built as they were on the day of the accident. Number 4 was the one that blew up, it was only about 2 years old, it shared a building with reactor number three, which was only shut down in 2000, after pressure from the EU!
Our tour then went to Pripyat, a town that was purpose built for the workers of the power station in 1970, and was less than 3 k from the reactor, and so was evacuated after the accident.
Then they took us back to the visitors centre and feed us (with food from outside the zone) a huge meal.
All in all a very interesting experience, we learnt a lot and it makes you think a lot about the world of nuclear power!