The hall where it all started will be open to tourists, 30 years after the Chernobyl disaster - but they can only stay for 5 minutes

The Chernobyl control room will open to tourists more than 30 years after the disaster - despite still having 40,000 times the normal levels of radiation.


Thus, according to foreign media reports, Telegraph reports, visitors wearing protective suits and masks will be able to look around the Unit 4 control room at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, where the disaster began.

But as they say, they will only be able to stay there for five minutes.

British media DailyMail writes that rare and apocalyptic images reveal the room, where in 1986 plant personnel made a series of fatal errors and then lost the battle trying to prevent disaster.

Alexander Novikov, the Chernobyl plant's technical director, said: "Leonid Toptunov who was on duty that night was my friend."

"He helped to fight the consequences.  He pumped water into the wrecked reactor after the explosion and died three weeks later. "

Following the release of the HBO Chernobyl series, the country became one of the most popular destinations among tourists worldwide.

And Ukraine's State Agency for Area Management is designing 21 new tourist routes to fuel growing interest.

One of the new routes will send tourists inside the control room where the disaster began.

The control room is in unit 4, where the nuclear reactor exploded.  Room radiation currently exceeds normal limits by 40,000 times.  




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