Chernobyl graveyard where radioactive tanks and helicopters lie rotting
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Haunting pictures show hundreds of abandoned vehicles dumped in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
In 1986, one of the reactors at the power plant exploded and burned, emitting deadly radiation throughout the former Soviet Union.
While the UN estimates that just 50 deaths can be attributed to the disaster, it later predicted that a further 4,000 may die from the after-effects.
Scientists believe the zone around the former plant – in what is now Ukraine – will not be habitable for up to 20,000 years.
During the clear-up operation, helicopters, tanks, fire engines and trucks were utilised to clean radioactive debris and dump materials into the reactor.
Rather than clean and return the vehicles, authorities decided to keep them as far away from the public as possible.
Many of them are now lying dormant in the exclusion zone around the reactor site, as reported in LadBible.
The largest graveyard is located at Rossokha, 25km [15 miles] south-west of the power plant.
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Many of the fire engines were buried, but some still remain rotting in the ground.
Lines of trucks and tanks are also visible, with several helicopters parked in the middle of the field.
Prior to the Chernobyl disaster, around 400 people lived in the area.
However, they were evacuated to the village of Kolonshchina to escape the radiation.
In January, a Chernobyl rescue worker who endured lethal radiation levels to contain the nuclear disaster died from coronavirus.
General Nikolai Antoshkin passed away on January 24 after he contracted Covid in his home country of Russia.
The 78-year-old had suffered what was described as a "difficult illness", the New York Times reported.
Mr Antoshkin had a three-decade-long career in the Soviet air force, during which he commanded an operation to seal off the affected reactor.
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Following the explosion, Mr Antoshkin instructed a fleet of 100 helicopters to smother the exposed core of the reactor with sand, boron and other materials, in a bid to stem the flow of radiation leaking out.
When the general first flew over the exposed reactor, he felt a tickle in his throat and had an overwhelming urge to vomit.
He proceeded to drop over 5,000 tonnes of material on the reactor in the space of two weeks, and his team managed to extinguish the raging fire at the site.
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