Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone, Ukraine
There is something fascinating about Chernobyl, a place frozen in time since the explosion that ripped through Reactor 4 at the Nuclear Power Plant in 1986, but although more than three decades have passed, strict controls remain in place and dangers endure.
Covering 1,000 square miles, the Exclusion Zone is where radioactive contamination is at its highest and, whilst the surrounding areas can be explored, access here is limited.
Officials in Ukraine are keen to restrict access to Chernobyl’s most hazardous areas and limit the further spread of contamination and, although the curious continue to take a close interest in this forgotten and abandoned land, infringement of the rules and regulations is not taken lightly. There is hope that, in time, things might change and life will return. Until then, however, you’d be wise to do as you’re told and not attempt to set foot in the forbidden places here.