Known and not very well-known facts about the Chernobyl exclusion zone - «Chernobyl from Kyiv»

Published: 21 Jan 2020

 * Chernobyl zone - the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, from which about 150,000 people were evicted after the Chernobyl explosion, which occured April 26, 1986
* The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) is divided into three subzones - a special zone around the station equipment, a ten-kilometer zone and a thirty-kilometer zone
* The CEZ with an area of ​​2600 square kilometers is a protected area and it is visited by special passes
* Persons under the age of 18 are not allowed to visit the CEZ
* About 120 people live in a thirty-kilometer zone on a permanent basis
* About 5,000 people work on a rotational basis in the CEZ (security, firefighters, scientists, foresters, etc.)
* Currently, the radioactive isotopes that form the pollution of the area are: Strontium-90 (half-life 29 years), Cesium-137 (half-life 30 years), Americium-241 (half-life 432 years), Plutonium-239 (half-life 24110 years )
* The main danger for visitors to the ChEZ is the poor condition of buildings that are forbidden to enter, not radiation
* Since 2016, a museum dedicated to the tragic events has been operating in the city of Chernobyl
* Hunting, fishing, picking mushrooms and berries in the ChEZ are prohibited
* ChZO is a paradise for the animal world, in which Przhevalsky’s horses, deer, elk, roe deer, hares, boars, foxes, wolves, muskrats, badgers, lynxes and other animals live in a large number
* In the city of Pripyat, built for Chernobyl workers before the evacuation on April 27, 1986, 47,500 people lived. The evacuation of all residents lasted three hours
* Since 2000 Chernobyl Power Plant doesn't generate electricity
* In 2019, more than 100,000 people visited the ChEZ