Chernobyl’s Infamous Reactor 4 Control Room Is Now Open to Tourists

The “highly radioactive” control room at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant’s Reactor 4 at the centre of the facility’s infamous 1986 catastrophe is open for tourists, so long as they wear a protective suit, helmet, and gloves while inside, CNN reported. Read More >>

This Bottle of Vodka Was Made From Grain Grown Inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Grains and water from Chernobyl’s dreaded exclusion zone have been used to produce a single bottle of vodka. Called ATOMIK, the vodka could revolutionise the way land is reclaimed in the radioactive region surrounding the beleaguered nuclear power plant. Read More >>

You’ve Seen Chernobyl on TV – And You Can Easily Visit It For Yourself

Sky Atlantic’s Chernobyl is the hottest thing on TV right now - and looks set to destroy anything that goes near it next awards season. But did you know that Chernobyl is somewhere that you, yes, you dear reader, can visit with relative ease? Read More >>

Creator of HBO’s Chernobyl Asks People Not to Snap Embarrassing Photos at Disaster Site

HBO’s Chernobyl has ignited a newfound interest in our relationship with nuclear power and the impacts of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. It’s also wildly popular, which means it was only a matter of time people started looking to cash in on the moment on social media. Read More >>

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Climate Change Is Our Generation’s Chernobyl Moment to Tell the Truth

HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries has reinvigorated our collective fascination with the 1986 nuclear disaster that may have in part contributed to the Soviet Union unravelling. Read More >>

Russia Is Making Its Own Chernobyl Show That Points the Finger at the CIA

We're all bloody loving the Chernobyl miniseries but Russia isn't a fan. The country's media has criticised the show for its stereotypes and plans to make its own series that insinuates US intelligence meddling played a part in the disaster. Read More >>

The Terrifying Reasons We’re Confronting the Chernobyl Disaster Right Now

Thirty-three years after the nuclear catastrophe that defined its name, Chernobyl has surged back into the popular consciousness. HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries, which dramatized the disaster and the Soviet government’s attempt to cover-up key details, is part of a string of major works that have revisited the Chernobyl catastrophe this year. In February, Adam Higginbotham reconstructed the immediate aftermath in his book Midnight in Chernobyl; a month later, historian Kate Brown’s Manual for Survival hit the shelves. Read More >>

China is Going to Build a Solar Plant in Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone

A pair of Chinese companies are planning to build a solar plant in one of the scariest places in the world: the exclusion zone around the damaged Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Read More >>

Chernobyl’s Gigantic Radiation Shield Is Now Being Moved Into Place

A giant metal shield designed to contain radioactive waste at Chernobyl’s damaged nuclear reactor is being moved into place. Read More >>

Solar Power Could Be Coming Soon to Chernobyl

The atomic fallout in Chernobyl, Ukraine was one of the worst nuclear disasters in history and put around 2,600 square kilometres (roughly 1,000 square miles) of land out of commission. It’s been good for shitty horror films and for the wildlife that has blossomed there following the disaster, but after decades of people unable to return to their homes and the property surrounding the reactor abandoned, it was only a matter of time before somebody wanted to attempt to reuse it. Read More >>

Chernobyl’s Milk Is Still Radioactive, Thirty Years After the Meltdown

It’s been thirty years since the Chernobyl disaster and radiation levels in plants seemed to have died down. So why are levels of radiation in milk still peaking? Read More >>

Forest Fires at Chernobyl Could Spawn Clouds of Radioactive Ash

In the years since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, the exclusion zone morphed has into an improbable nature reserve—untamed and untouched and, well, still radioactive. A new study warns that forest fires could spread radioactive material from the site, but how dangerous the ash would be is unknown. Read More >>