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    cyclopse "Hot" new vacation spot: Chernobyl

    Ukraine to open Chernobyl area to tourists in 2011

    By MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press The Associated Press
    Monday, December 13, 2010 9:27 AM EST

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) Want a better understanding of the world's worst nuclear disaster? Come tour the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.


    Beginning next year, Ukraine plans to open up the sealed zone around the Chernobyl reactor to visitors who wish to learn more about the tragedy that occurred nearly a quarter of a century ago, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Monday.


    Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 exploded on April 26, 1986, spewing radiation over a large swath of northern Europe. Hundreds of thousands of people were resettled from areas contaminated with radiation fallout in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Related health problems still persist.
    The so-called exclusion zone, a highly contaminated area within a 30-mile (48-kilometer) radius of the exploded reactor, was evacuated and sealed off in the aftermath of the explosion. All visits were prohibited.


    Today, about 2,500 employees maintain the remains of the now-closed nuclear plant, working in shifts to minimize their exposure to radiation. Several hundred evacuees have returned to their villages in the area despite a government ban. A few firms now offer tours to the restricted area, but the government says those tours are illegal and their safety is not guaranteed.


    Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Yulia Yershova said experts are developing travel routes that will be both medically safe and informative for Ukrainians as well as foreign visitors. She did not give an exact date when the tours were expected to begin.


    "There are things to see there if one follows the official route and doesn't stray away from the group," Yershova told The Associated Press. "Though it is a very sad story."


    The ministry also said Monday it hopes to finish building a new safer shell for the exploded reactor by 2015. The new shelter will cover the original iron-and-concrete structure hastily built over the reactor that has been leaking radiation, cracking and threatening to collapse.
    The new shell is 345 feet (105 meters) tall, 853 feet (260 meters) wide and 490 feet (150 meters) long. It weighs 20,000 tons and will be slid over the old shelter using rail tracks. The new structure will be big enough to house the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris or the Statue of Liberty in New York.


    The overall cost of project, financed by international donors, has risen from $505 million (?380 million) to $1.15 billion (?870 million) because of stricter safety requirements, according to Ukrainian officials.


    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which manages the project, said a final estimate of the project's cost will be released after the French-led consortium Novarka finalizes a construction plan in the next few months.

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    I'd go to gawk at the catfish :3
    Omg, monster cats =

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    I just find it insane they are organizing tours in 2011 when a new "safe" shell won't be built until 2015. That's 4 years of letting people tour a hot radioactive area where there is a facility that is still generating radiation! LOL

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    Hahahaha, I know

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    Even with the new 'coffin' as they call it, the radiation from the fall out will be quite present. They would probably have to walk around with radiation metres, and have to run out when levels get too dangerous. I doubt they would even be allowed in the red zone.


    Anyways, I'm sure this site will be a bomb with the tourists
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    I'd go if they gave everybody radiation suits.
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