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Encyclopedia > Prypiat, Ukraine

Coordinates: 51°24′20″N, 30°03′25″E Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

Prypiat c. 2001
Prypiat c. 2001
For other uses see Pripyat

Prypiat (Ukrainian: При́п'ять, Pryp”iat’; Russian: При́пять, Pripyat; 51°24′20″N, 30°03′25″E) is an abandoned city in the Zone of alienation in northern Ukraine, Kiev Oblast, near the border with Belarus. It was home to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers. The city was abandoned in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster. Its population had been around 50,000. Pripyat, an abandoned city near Chernobyl (photo taken by me) could be deleted - moved to Commons File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Pripyat, an abandoned city near Chernobyl (photo taken by me) could be deleted - moved to Commons File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The name Pripyat, also spelled Prypyat, Prypyat, Prypyat, Prypiat, Pripiat, Prypyat, Prypyat, Prypyat, Pripet, etc. ... For other uses, see Ghost town (disambiguation). ... Entrance to the Zone of Alienation Abandoned living blocks in the Zone The Zone of Alienation, which is variously referred to as The Chernobyl Zone, The 30 Kilometer Zone, The Zone of Exclusion, The Fourth Zone, or just The Zone (Ukrainian official designation: Зона відчуження Чорнобильської АЕС, zona vidchuzhennya Chornobylskoyi AES, colloquially... Kiev Oblast (also Kyiv Oblast, Ukrainian: ) is an oblast (province) in central Ukraine. ... Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station, viewed from the roof of a building in Pripyat, Ukraine. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Chernobyl reactor number four after the disaster, showing the extensive damage to the main reactor hall (image center) and turbine building (image lower left) The reactor accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was the worst in history, resulting in a severe nuclear meltdown. ...

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Before the disaster

View of the Chernobyl power plant from Prypiat
View of the Chernobyl power plant from Prypiat

Unlike cities of military importance, access to Prypiat was not restricted prior to the disaster. Before the Chernobyl accident, nuclear power stations were seen by the Soviets as safer than other types of power plants. Nuclear power stations were presented as being an achievement of Soviet engineering, where nuclear power was harnessed for peaceful projects. The slogan "peaceful atom" (Russian: мирный атом, mirny atom) was popular during those times. Initially the plant was intended to be built only 25 km from Kiev, but the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, among other bodies, expressed concern about the station being too close to the city, and so the station, together with Prypiat, were built in their current location — about 100 km from Kiev. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2240x1680, 464 KB)View of Chernobyl taken from roof of building in Pripyat Ukraine. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2240x1680, 464 KB)View of Chernobyl taken from roof of building in Pripyat Ukraine. ... A closed city (town) is a city/town with travel and residency restrictions in the former Soviet Union, or in a CIS country. ... A nuclear power plant (NPP) is a thermal power station in which the heat source is one or more nuclear reactors. ... Soviet redirects here. ... Map of Ukraine with Kiev highlighted Coordinates: , Country Ukraine Oblast Kiev City Municipality Raion Municipality Government  - Mayor Leonid Chernovetskyi Elevation 179 m (587 ft) Population (2006)  - City 4,450,968  - Density 3,299/km² (8,544. ... The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine is the highest state research organization of Ukraine. ...


After Chernobyl

Until recently, the site was practically a museum, documenting the late Soviet era. Apartment buildings (four of which were recent constructions not yet occupied), swimming pools, hospitals and other buildings were all abandoned, and everything inside the buildings were left behind, including records, papers, TVs, children's toys, furniture, valuables, and clothing, etc. that any usual family would have with them. Residents were only allowed to take away a suitcase full of documents, books and clothes that were not contaminated. CCCP redirects here. ... A red brick apartment block in central London, England, on the north bank of the Thames An apartment building, block of flats or tenement is a multi-unit dwelling made up of several (generally four or more) apartments (US) or flats (UK). ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...

The Prypiat Ferris Wheel, as seen from the City Centre Gymnasium.

However, the apartment buildings were almost completely looted some time around the beginning of the 21st century. Nothing of value was left behind; even toilet seats were taken away. Some buildings have remained untouched. Many of the building interiors have been vandalized and ransacked over the years. Because the buildings are not maintained, the roofs leak, and in spring the rooms are flooded with water. It is not unusual to find trees growing on roofs and even inside buildings. This hastens deterioration, and due to this, a 4-story school partially collapsed in July of 2005.[1] In a few decades the city will most likely lie in ruins. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2080x1544, 225 KB) Author: Keith Adams, February 2006 I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2080x1544, 225 KB) Author: Keith Adams, February 2006 I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... 20XX redirects here. ... Flush toilet A toilet seat is the seat and lid of a toilet. ...


Prypiat and the surrounding area will not be safe for human habitation for several centuries to come. The most deadly radioactive isotope (caesium-137) released by the accident (external gamma exposure has a short biological halflife in humans) will take 300 years to decay to one thousandth of its present level. The strontium-90 will decay over a similar time. Strontium is a beta emitter with a long biological halflife in humans, which can cause disease through internal exposure. After the caesium activity has decayed to this level, the area may be used for most human activities again. The graph below shows that caesium is responsible for almost the entire gamma dose rate due to the accident experienced in Prypiat. This has not prevented wildlife from entering the area; wild animal populations are actually quite large in the exclusion zone, capitalizing on the lack of human occupation. Statistics are not yet widely available to indicate changes in animal reproductive cycles nor mortality rates. Radioactive decay is the set of various processes by which unstable atomic nuclei (nuclides) emit subatomic particles. ... For other uses, see Isotope (disambiguation). ... Caesium-137 is a radioactive isotope which is formed mainly by nuclear fission. ... Gamma (uppercase Γ, lowercase γ) is the third letter of the Greek alphabet. ... General Name, Symbol, Number strontium, Sr, 38 Chemical series alkaline earth metals Group, Period, Block 2, 5, s Appearance silvery white metallic Standard atomic weight 87. ... Alpha radiation consists of helium nuclei and is readily stopped by a sheet of paper. ... The biological half life of a substance is the time required for half of that substance to be removed from an organism by either a physcial or a chemical process. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Safety

The contributions made by the different isotopes to the dose (in air) caused in the contaminated area in the time shortly after the accident. Note that this image was drawn using data from the OECD report, [1] and the second edition of 'The radiochemical manual'.
The contributions made by the different isotopes to the dose (in air) caused in the contaminated area in the time shortly after the accident. Note that this image was drawn using data from the OECD report, [1] and the second edition of 'The radiochemical manual'.

A natural concern is whether it is safe to visit Prypiat and the surrounding area. The Exclusion Zone is considered relatively safe to visit, and several Ukrainian companies offer guided tours of the area. The radiation levels have decreased from the high levels of April 1986 due to the decay of the shortlived isotopes released in the accident. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (911x623, 22 KB) Other versions w:Image:Airdosechernobyl2. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (911x623, 22 KB) Other versions w:Image:Airdosechernobyl2. ... Entrance to the Zone of Alienation Abandoned living blocks in the Zone The Zone of Alienation, which is variously referred to as The Chernobyl Zone, The 30 Kilometer Zone, The Zone of Exclusion, The Fourth Zone, or just The Zone (Ukrainian official designation: Зона відчуження Чорнобильської АЕС, zona vidchuzhennya Chornobylskoyi AES, colloquially...


The city and the Exclusion Zone are now bordered with guards and police, but obtaining the necessary documents to enter the zone is not considered particularly difficult. A guide will accompany visitors to ensure nothing is vandalized or taken from the zone. The doors of most of the buildings are open to reduce the risk to visitors, and almost all of them can be visited when accompanied by your guide. The city of Chernobyl, located a few miles from Prypiat, has some accommodations including a hotel, many apartment buildings, and a local lodge, which are maintained as a permanent residence for watch-standing crew, and visitors. This article is about the city of Chernobyl. ...


In 1986, shortly after the disaster, the city of Slavutych was constructed to replace Prypiat. After the city of Chernobyl, this is the second largest city for accommodating plant workers and scientists. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Slavutych (Ukrainian: ) is a city in northern Ukraine, named after the Old Slavic name of the near-by Dnieper River. ...


See also

The DK Energetik City Centre as seen from the City Square.
Public swimming pool "Azure" in the center of Prypiat.
Public swimming pool "Azure" in the center of Prypiat.

Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (3543 × 2362 pixels, file size: 4. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution (3543 × 2362 pixels, file size: 4. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 536 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 857 pixels, file size: 313 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 536 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 857 pixels, file size: 313 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Chernobyl reactor number four after the disaster, showing the extensive damage to the main reactor hall (image center) and turbine building (image lower left) The reactor accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was the worst in history, resulting in a severe nuclear meltdown. ... Entrance to the Zone of Alienation Abandoned living blocks in the Zone The Zone of Alienation, which is variously referred to as The Chernobyl Zone, The 30 Kilometer Zone, The Zone of Exclusion, The Fourth Zone, or just The Zone (Ukrainian official designation: Зона відчуження Чорнобильської АЕС, zona vidchuzhennya Chornobylskoyi AES, colloquially... Elena (Lena) Filatova (Russian: Елена Филатова) (born 1974) is a Ukrainian motorcyclist who gained Internet fame in 2004 under the nickname KiddOfSpeed after her web site was mentioned at Slashdot and other online news sources. ... This article compares the radioactivity release and decay from the Chernobyl disaster to various other events which involved a release of uncontrolled radioactivity. ... The nuclear power plant at Chernobyl prior to the completion of the sarcophagus. ... Chernobyl Heart is a documentary film by Maryann DeLeo released on DVD in 2003. ... The Chernobyl disaster has received worldwide media attention. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Soviet medal awarded to liquidators. ...

Cultural References

  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl takes place in the Zone of Alienation, and includes Prypiat in its game world. The city is rendered in great detail and accuracy, but also takes some liberties, such as adding radioactive mutants.
  • In part, the setting of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is within Prypiat located within the Zone of alienation succeeding the Chernobyl disaster. The game goes as far as creating The DK Energetik City Centre as well as the "Azure" a public swimming pool located in the center of Prypiat and The Prypiat Ferris Wheel. Upon further study of the city I found out that the Sniper Post in Act II "One Shot, One Kill" is hotel "Polissya"

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl is an unreleased FPS computer game. ... Entrance to the Zone of Alienation Abandoned living blocks in the Zone The Zone of Alienation, which is variously referred to as The Chernobyl Zone, The 30 Kilometer Zone, The Zone of Exclusion, The Fourth Zone, or just The Zone (Ukrainian official designation: Зона відчуження Чорнобильської АЕС, zona vidchuzhennya Chornobylskoyi AES, colloquially... Entrance to the Zone of Alienation Abandoned living blocks in the Zone The Zone of Alienation, which is variously referred to as The Chernobyl Zone, The 30 Kilometer Zone, The Zone of Exclusion, The Fourth Zone, or just The Zone (Ukrainian official designation: Зона відчуження Чорнобильської АЕС, zona vidchuzhennya Chornobylskoyi AES, colloquially... Chernobyl reactor number four after the disaster, showing the extensive damage to the main reactor hall (image center) and turbine building (image lower left) The reactor accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was the worst in history, resulting in a severe nuclear meltdown. ...

References

  1. ^ My Journey to Chernobyl: 20 Years After the Disaster – An article by Mark Resnicoff
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