~ 12 April 2004 ~

Ghost Town

Take a look at this photo essay by Elena, a Ukrainian motorcyclist who has a disturbingly eerie photo essay of Chernobyl on her website. Elena traveled through the deserted areas to show a modern-day Pompeii. [hat tip SimpleBits]

The Chernobyl explosions and subsequent meltdown happened 18 years ago this month. I remember watching the news of the event as an eleven year-old, wondering about the depth of the damage done there.

In 1996 I traveled to Gomel, Belarus for a few days. Gomel is less than 100 miles northeast of Chernobyl, and was badly affected (local lore says that a week’s stay in Gomel today is equal to a chest x-ray—I only stayed three days). Gomel was a lovely city, but it was a little unnerving to know that something lurked beneath the surface.

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  1. Ryan » 13 April 2004:

    That was a fascinating read. I have always wondered what has happened there since the meltdown. Thanks for pointing us that way.

  2. Will Turner » 13 April 2004:

    Jared, thanks for that link. Have you read any books on Chernobyl? Ones which you could recommend?


  3. Jared Bridges » 13 April 2004:

    Will–It’s been a few years since I’ve read up on the subject (I wrote a paper in college in 1997 on the ecological effects of the disaster), but I do remember “The Legacy of Chernobyl,” by Zhores A. Medvedev to be pretty informative. I just checked and you can find it used at Amazon. It’s pretty dated (1990), and I don’t know if there has been anything substantive written since. If you do a search for Chernobyl on the IAEA’s website [http://www.iaea.org/], you can find oodles of info there.

  4. Mike L » 20 April 2004:

    hey man. long time no see. nice article. I first read about Elena’s 2 wheeled adventures through Chernobyl on Slashdot.org back in the fall. her most recent web site added a few more photos. Some really neat photos. Email me soon if you get a chance. I want to update you on what I am doing.

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