03.10.2018

Red forest

PVLRO - "Red Forest" in Chernobyl

 

Red Forest (Ukrainian: Rudiy Lis), sometimes Rusty Forest, Red Forest


     As a result of the explosion at the fourth Chernobyl nuclear power unit on April 26, 1986, a large amount of radioactive substances fell into the environment. Reports on the radiation situation in the Chernobyl zone claimed that the pollution of the territory was uneven and "spotty" in nature. In this regard, several areas were identified that were most susceptible to contamination with radionuclides.

     One of these areas was the western trace. The radioactive cloud extended westward from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

     At the base of this “footprint” is the well-known “Red Forest” - a section of pine forest (with a territory of one hundred hectares), destroyed as a result of radiation exposure. That night, April 26, 1986, this pine forest that separated the nuclear power plant and the city of Pripyat was the first to take a merciless radioactive strike. Pines, like a sponge, absorbed radioactive dust and within thirty minutes after the explosion, their needles and branches received a harmful dose of radiation, after which they got a reddish tint.

     During the liquidation of the accident, who decided to destroy the forest, since its dead, dry trees represented a great danger, because at any moment a fire could arise and the radioactive cloud could again be in the air. Therefore, in order to avoid additional risk, in 1986-1988 the forest was cut down, felled with the help of engineering vehicles (IMR, BAT-2) and buried in special trenches right on the spot, from which the burial site was called - “(PVLRO) Red Forest” .

     Over time, new young pines began to grow in the burial area, gradually restoring the ecosystem. Until today, the site of the red forest is studied by biologists and ecologists, namely, the effect of radiation on trees and small animals (field mice) is studied.


Excursions and tours to the Chernobyl exclusion zone.


     If you have long wanted to go on an excursion to the Chernobyl zone and the city of Pripyat, you just need to choose a suitable date and write in the calendar of tours.

     This territory is simply overgrown with myths, legends, stories about mutants and zombies. If you go with us on a Chernobyl and Pripyat tour, you will hear the exciting stories of our guides who have been exploring the secrets of the Chernobyl zone for many years. You will find out what radiation has done with settlements and forests. You will be able to touch the secrets of the restricted area with our unique excursion to the Chernobyl zone.

     For your comfort, you can familiarize yourself with the options for one-day and many-day tours of the Chernobyl zone and choose the appropriate format for a group or individually (private) tour.

     A trip to the Exclusion Zone is a kind of adventure that leaves a lot of impressions, and you will remember it for your whole life, so do not put your dreams in the long drawer, but order a tour right now.

     We recommend renting a personal dosimeter - a device for measuring background radiation, which will constantly inform you about the level of radiation conditions in the area where you are.

     In memory of visiting the Chernobyl zone, you can buy souvenirs from us.

     We give each tourist CHERNOBYL ADVENTURE a special set of useful things and personal protective equipment, show photo and video materials from the personal and state archives during the tour.

     Follow the instructions of the attendant, be careful and careful when walking. Thank you for choosing CHERNONYL ADVENTURE for your trip to Chernobyl and Pripyat.

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