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After the worst nuclear disaster in history at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, over 200,000 people living within a 30km radius were evacuated to other cities, most never to return. Some, desperately unhappy with their new lives began to break back into the exclusion zone to resettle despite the risks. Although the exclusion zone is still in place and will remain so for many years due to elevated levels of radioactivity, the government eventually legalised a handful of resettlers, all over 70 years old. Ivan and his wife live happily with their cats amongst the radioactive hotspots, a few kilometers from the nuclear power plant.

Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Resettlers
Username:thegrimfandango thegrimfandango
Uploaded:5 Sep 2013 - 4:25 PM
Tags:Chernobyl, Portraits / people, Radiation, Ukraine, Zone
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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2013 - 4:31 PM

A top journalist photo indeed.

let us all pray for peace and understanding in the current situations in the world.

Rock

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Briwooly
Briwooly  8452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2013 - 4:37 PM

The picture tells the story and a very interesting description

Brian.............

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Briwooly
Briwooly  8452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
5 Sep 2013 - 4:39 PM

The picture tells the story and a very interesting description

Brian.............
P.S on a lighter note lover her slippers Wink Grin

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bluesandtwos
5 Sep 2013 - 5:22 PM

A sad but excellent picture. As an ex hippy Blush I have serious worries about nuclear power and its consequences.

Dave

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Hazelmouse
5 Sep 2013 - 6:13 PM

The background story to this is interesting and I like the expressions and the detritus of their daily living 'on the edge' as it were.

Helen.

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pollisher
pollisher  1 Scotland
5 Sep 2013 - 7:24 PM

A wonderful image

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termite53
termite53 e2 Member 1termite53 vcard United Kingdom
5 Sep 2013 - 10:27 PM

Wonderful , wonderful image

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64445 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2013 - 12:44 PM

A superb shot. I feel for them. They look settled, danger or not.

I had a holiday booked to Russia for the week after the Chernobyl meltdown, which was cancelled, and I never did get over there. I hope these resilient people live out the rest of their lives without any disastrous health concequences.

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2013 - 4:29 PM

Truly magical image.
Tom.

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Robert51
Robert51  5 United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
6 Sep 2013 - 4:51 PM

Some pictures just jump out of the screen at you, and this is one.
Just stunning.

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thegrimfandango

Thanks very much for all the kind comments!

A lot of the exclusion zone is a very peaceful place now, full of forests, meadows, wildlife and birds. Although there are areas with extremely high levels of radioactivity and will be for many, many years, there are also areas with relatively safe levels. The resettlers know how best to protect themselves by taking simple precautions, and food / water is brought in from outside the zone due to the contamination in the soil. Almost all will live a natural lifespan, despite the elevated levels of radioactivity. It's not too difficult to see why they would want to live there. In many ways it's a quiet sanctuary away from the rest of the world, although they seem genuinely happy to receive visitors and tell their story!

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brandish
brandish e2 Member brandish vcard United Kingdom
11 Jan 2014 - 10:56 PM

Really great capture,sums up everything.

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