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Old 04-21-2015, 10:20 AM   #1
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Default Holiday in the death zone: How nuclear disaster-hit Chernobyl now has TEN THOUSAND tourists a year

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April 26, 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy - and the site sees more visitors today than ever
Several private tour operators lead excursions into the Exclusion Zone, a nearly 50-kilometre contamination radius
However, in order to enter, tourists must obtain a pass and go through multiple security check points
Though there are several abandoned villages in the zone, the most popular site to visit is the ghost town of Pripyat
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/tr...henomenon.html


In recent years, the Chernobyl nuclear explosion site, and nearby
ghost town of Pripyat, Ukraine, have seen an increase in tourist interest
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Unless you're walking around the sarcophagus, the health risk is minor for a day trip. Not so much living there.
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Maybe it's morbid but I'd love to have a look & I'm not certain why. I think I'd like to see, in person, just what nature can reclaim when man stays away.
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Didn't the Japanese "preserve" a few of the buildings from the atomic bombing in Hiroshima? Right in the downtown area of a thriving, bustling city.

Not to make light of the horror and destruction, but Hiroshima and Nagasaki did come back.
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Old 04-23-2015, 12:42 AM   #6
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There have been at least two horror movies filmed there. Both sucked for story line but the scenery scored really high in creep factor for me. I also saw a documentary a few years back that I thought fascinating. I wouldn't make a special trip, but if I were ever in the area, I would definitely check it out.

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In 2006, musician Example features Pripyat in his 18-minute documentary of the ghost town, and for his promotional video for his track "What We Made".
The city of Pripyat is the location of filming of the 2008 documentary White Horse.[8]
The exclusion zone is the setting for Karl Schroeder's science fiction short story "The Dragon of Pripyat".
Lara Croft visits Pripyat in episode 7 of her new comic.[2014]
Pripyat plays an important role in the video games S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl and its sequel S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat; in both the player is able to visit and explore various parts of the city.
The novel Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith uses Pripyat as the setting for an investigation by Arkady Renko.
Much of the James Rollins novel The Last Oracle takes place in Pripyat and around Chernobyl. The story revolves around a team of American "Killer Scientist" special agents who must stop a terrorist plot to unleash the radiation of Lake Karachay on the world during the installation of the new sarcophagus over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
The city is also the setting for two missions in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare based around the main square and the amusement park, set after the disaster. Also the multiplayer maps "Bloc" and "Vacant" in the game take place in Pripyat. A small part of the city is seen briefly in a flashback in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and the multiplayer map "Fallen" takes place in Pripyat. Call of Duty: Black Ops features a map called "Grid", which takes place in Pripyat. A level in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and a multiplayer map called "Wasteland" takes place in Pripyat and near Chernobyl, respectively.
The American paranormal investigation series Destination Truth conducted an overnight investigation within Pripyat.
The Northern Irish alternative rock band Ash have a track called "Pripyat" on their 2010 singles collection A–Z Vol. 1.
Ukrainian singer Alyosha recorded most of the video for her Eurovision 2010 entry Sweet People in Pripyat.
The beginning of the 2011 movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon takes place at Chernobyl.
The PBS documentary Radioactive Wolves analyzes and compares the health of wildlife within and without the Exclusion Zone.
The song "Dead City" (Ukrainian: Мертве Місто) by Ukrainian Symphonic Metal band DELIA is about Pripyat, and scenes from the music video were shot in the city. DELIA's vocalist, Anastasia Sverkunova, was born in Pripyat just before the Chernobyl disaster.[9]
The majority of the 2011 movie Land of Oblivion was shot on location in Pripyat.
The 2012 horror movie Chernobyl Diaries was inspired by the Chernobyl Disaster in 1986 and takes place in Pripyat.[10]
The 2013 film A Good Day to Die Hard is partly set in Pripyat.
Marillion guitarist Steve Rothery's first solo album is called "The Ghosts of Pripyat" (2014).
The city of Pripyat is featured in Jeremy Wades River Monsters episode "Atomic Assassin".
Pripyat is featured in the BBC program Top Gear in 2014, in series 21 episode 3, showing two of the three hosts of the show driving through the abandoned city.
German pianist and composer Hauschka features Pripyat on the second track of his album Abandoned Cities.
Pripyat footage is featured in Pink Floyd's video "Marooned", 20th Anniversary Edition.
Pripyat is featured in the History Channel Documentary called Life After People.
Filmmaker Danny Cooke used a drone to capture shots of the famously creepy abandoned amusement park, some charming residential shots of decaying walls, children's toys and gas masks. He collected them in a 3-minute short film “Postcards From Chernobyl”, released in November 2014, while making footage for the CBS News 60 Minutes episode in early 2014 “Chernobyl: The Catastrophe That Never Ended”.[11][12]][/quote]
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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
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The location of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was once the city’s busiest downtown commercial and residential district. The park was built on an open field that was created by the explosion. Today there are a number of memorials and monuments, museums, and lecture halls, which draw over a million visitors annually.
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Established in 1955, and near to the hypocenter of the explosion, remnants of a concrete wall of Urakami Cathedral can still be seen. Urakami Cathedral was the grandest church in east Asia at the time.
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Unless you're walking around the sarcophagus, the health risk is minor for a day trip. Not so much living there.
Not so quick Twoolf, The Great Mother has reclaimed the land with a teaming gleam in Her eye. I was told that nature is literally running loose with certain large animals being seen for th

e first time in hundreds of years.
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For the past couple of years, a young woman known only as “Bionerd23” has been making strange, dangerous videos in and around one of the most infamous nuclear zones on Earth—the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Nothing is too radioactive or risky for her. She has shown herself getting injected with the radionuclide technetium, eating radioactive apples from a tree in Chernobyl, being chased by a possibly rabid fox, and picking up fragments of the nuclear plant’s reactor fuel with her bare hands. When a freakishly large catfish appears on camera, she calmly explains that it’s probably not a mutant—“They are just that way because nobody catches them,” she says in a video, watching a six-foot-long catfish, eerily like a shark, swim around a murky pool of water.
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