When the Chernobyl accident occurred April 26, 1986 causing radiation to spread for thousands of square mile, nobody was hit the hardest as the city of Pripyat. Located just a few miles from Chernobyl, Pripyat had a population of 50,000 people in 1986.
To contain the huge amount of molten debris, a containment tower was constructed by the enormous amount of laborers. Named the “Sarcophagus” was finally completed in December, 1986. The laborers or “Liquidators” as they were referred to by the military could only work on the rooftop for 40 seconds before they would have to leave. A total of 800,000 liquidators were used to complete the effort. After the completion of the Sarcophagus, most of the vehicles used to transport the labor were abandoned at the site.
Bus carrying Chernobyl “Liquidators” to the site.
The sarcophagus will remain radioactive for at least 100.000 years. The age for the pyramids of Egypt is 5,000 to 6,000 years. Both tell a story about the civilization that built them.
** All pictures courtesy of photographer, Elena Filatova **